Final chapter sneaks up on athletes

by Gary Shelton on November 18, 2015 · 6 comments

in general, NFL

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

The end looks painful. The end looks awkward. The end, always, looks too soon.

And so it appears to be Peyton Manning's turn.

The greatness, it would appear, is at an end.

Did you see the stat line for Manning the other day? Five completions. Four interceptions. A 0.0 rating. A coach pointing you to the bench for the immortal Brock Osweiler. After all the yards, after all the touchdowns, after all the commercials, it ends like this?

Manning has 17 interceptions this year, at least one in every game. He is the 52nd-rated quarterback in the NFL, just ahead

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Bill Myers November 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm

It is sad the way some athletes cling to the sport when their talent begins to win. Ya gotta know when to fold ‘em ! Yeah, Elway went out with class! Montana once told a reporter that he loved the game so much he would play for free. Most of them just can’t give it up and most of the time it is not about the money. They are playing kids games and getting millions for it! Manning for sure has all the money he needs for life . I read that he made $12 million on endorsements last year. Thank God for ESPN , where old an sports idol can go to just be near the game.

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Lisa Brown November 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm

yup, so sad about Peyton. He has been a pleasure to watch all these years. Great article Gary, love the comparison to lots of the former greats.

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Gary Shelton November 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Where have you been, Miss Brown? This forum could use a sharp mind like you instead of, well, me.

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Cecil DeBald November 18, 2015 at 6:51 am

True, Gary, but when it’s all said and done, I’d just as soon see the boys of summer (or fall, or winter, or spring) give it a go one more time, when they don’t have it anymore, still hoping to catch lightening in a bottle. Something grand to me, Don Quixote tilting at windmills, all of that.

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Gary Shelton November 18, 2015 at 7:41 am

Yeah, but it’s a shame when Don Quixote is pinch-hit for by Sancha Panza.

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Cecil DeBald November 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

Touché!

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