By Josh Kramer
April 18, 1998 and March 7, 2012. Both are dates that will forever be remembered in Indianapolis. The city of Indianapolis and the whole state of Indiana was once-upon-a-time only known for basketball. Now they are known for both football and basketball (and yes I put football first). An era has ended in the Hoosier State though. With the departure of Peyton Manning, not only does Indiana lose a great football player, but they lose their savior.
I by no means have ever been the biggest fan of Peyton Manning. But I have always respected the guy. Not only is the four-time MVP Award winner and future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer obviously a great player, but he seems to be a good all-around person. And Manning is by no means the type of in your face “Great Guy” like Tim Tebow, but more of a subtle good guy. Peyton has always in essence been a player/coach. A leader in the locker room. Someone who keeps his nose clean on and off the field. And a leader in the community. Not to mention his commercials have always been hysterical and vastly entertaining.
In five years, when Jim Irsay revisits the vaunted March 7th, 2012 day that he let Peyton go, he may not look back on it so fondly. Now this day is just a blimp on the radar in comparison to the real “Decision” that took place on July 8, 2010. But it is still a very big deal. Continue reading