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About to hold a news conference at which it is expected that they are going to announce that -- -- going to part company with that man right now.
Right there a superstar quarterback.
Peyton Manning the four time MVP winner the historic backbone.
The Indianapolis Colts.
Expected to announce.
They have -- ways let's listen in.
Well we're as we're.
Here to announce the conclusion of -- is playing career.
With the colts.
We're here very much as well to come -- All the incredible memories and and -- incredible things that says he's done for the franchise.
For the city.
For the state.
In the in the history of sports through the last century.
There's been in team sports.
Handful of hall of fame great players that that have done.
-- incredible things for franchises.
I I know.
That this parallels the handful of people.
Through time that is meant so much to the franchise.
You know in in my heart in the hearts of our fans.
For the colts and dumb.
Difficult day -- of shared pain.
Between -- myself the fans.
I think -- you know it in that vein as well.
The eighteen Jersey will never be worn again.
By a COLT on the field.
And -- This process has been.
A long difficult process.
-- -- pay deny have.
Had numerous conversational.
Over the months and we always.
Kept trying to come back to -- the circumstances that were before us and we tried to put he -- Should other and each other's shoes and and try to.
What the situation was for the franchise what it was for patent.
And in the end those circumstances.
We're too difficult to overcome and circumstances that that dictated to us.
To the franchise.
That really were unavoidable it's it's it's something.
-- as word.
And be a rebuilding team with salary cap problems and and patent is on the mend.
To try to resume his career.
Wanted to be together.
You know it's it's been very difficult.
And and just hearing in our hearts to try to look at the situation in and find the best solution and I I think.
Hum Peyton has been completely unselfish and in terms of looking at so.
What some of the franchise.
Where was that in and where we're at at this point night try to put myself in patent situation as well and -- You know in the end before we ever.
Got -- to any specifics it's never been about money it's never been about those type of things.
To be blessed here today to have gone through the experiences we have together.
Come as an owner and having -- As a friend and and the player.
And all the things that we've been through.
It's it's an incredible blessing it is difficult.
Is this day is.
It's made difficult because of of the greatness and the things -- as it has done for our city for our state.
For our franchise and and there there will be.
No other Peyton Manning.
I mean that that that's something that.
In a special place in the special time.
Over the last decade and a half.
We've been so blessed.
To have -- men and you know the the good times we've had together the last we shared together.
You know growing up together in in the organization.
You know when -- 37 year old -- owner -- 22 year old.
Player coming out of Tennessee.
And the dreams that we had.
And experienced are are just.
You beyond my imagine -- and it is as difficult as this is I I know that some -- journey together hasn't ended its.
It's really just begun.
When I looked down the road and the -- Many decades going forward.
That will -- together.
How he's always part of the horseshoe and it's something where.
You know I can't thank him enough by I think.
When I look back and and reflect on everything that's happened.
You know whenever we went on the road to circus was coming into town and you know Peyton was the ringleader and it's.
It's -- the memories that we have in the great people we've been blessed to be around -- I'll always treasure and dumb.
Just wanna turn it over to pay now to say a few more words.
Thank you -- -- sure of -- player pro ball.
Putting -- -- hopes.
For fourteen wonderful years.
The only professional football and all of the colts football.
A team -- a lot of games here.
How played with so many great teammates -- and and I've been part of a great organization here and organization and older.
Who I respect and continue to respect.
A bit -- for almost all of my adult life.
But I guess they're life and in sports we all know -- nothing last forever.
Times change circumstances change.
And that's the reality of play him in the NFL.
Jim and I have spoken extensively.
About where we are today.
And our conversations have -- both of us to recognize.
There are circumstances make it best for us to take this next step.
This has not been easy for Jim and it certainly has not been easy for me Jim all of Bill Polian drafted me fourteen years ago.
Jim and I've always been close and we met a lot of great memories together.
He's always been good to me and Jim I'll -- forever great.
-- This terrible and this team means so much to me.
The truly has been well.
-- -- to play in Indianapolis.
I do love it here.
A lot of parents.
But I always enjoy -- played for such a great -- I'll leave the colts.
With nothing but good thoughts and gratitude.
To Jim the organization.
And especially the fans.
I haven't thought yet about where all -- But I have a little -- about where -- bit.
And have truly been blessed.
I've been blessed to play here.
I've been blessed to beat -- here after all.
And -- I don't.
I don't just a few words we'll have to say.
A few words -- want to address.
The colts fans everywhere.
Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
I truly have enjoyed -- -- quarter.
-- If there's any question -- will take a -- know.
Jim I've been talking for a long time we've really had some great conversations.
We've enjoyed -- -- going down memory lane together.
About some of those.
Great moment we've had here during our time together for fourteen years that's true this has been about me this time is that reflection.
But so many great memories of how grateful I -- to Jim and the team.
Just -- -- it's been the this time so.
When we've covered all sorts of scenarios and like he said these circumstances throughout the weight.
Either of us.
A wish they -- but that's the reality here.
-- that's kind of how got to the sport -- outlets.
That's really think there was -- decisive you know port -- just good healthy to.
He talks -- talks in person over the ball long ball and that's kind of how we got here.
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