Word came out that Indianapolis Colts QB (at the moment) Peyton Manning had a fourth – a FOURTH – procedure performed on his neck last season. It was said that this fourth surgery was the most serious of them all. And the kicker was that this was before his neck fusion surgery Sept. 9.
Simply put, this is a huge freaking deal.
Five surgeries on his neck. FIVE.
Could you imagine having to evade 300-pound defensive lineman, and hard-hitting linebackers after five procedures done on YOUR neck? Peyton would be risking a whole helluva lot going out there against the likes of Mario Williams twice a year, Terrell Suggs and my man James Harrison after five neck procedures.
Look, I understand that Peyton has WAY too much pride to not go out on his own terms. He is a hard worker, and will work tirelessly to get back on the field.
I think dude should retire.
I mean, what else does Peyton have to prove? He is a four-time MVP winner. He has won a Super Bowl. He is arguably the greatest REGULAR SEASON quarterback of all time.
While head injuries are considered the most serious and dangerous injuries, I would imagine neck injuries are a close second. I cannot see Peyton risking serious complications on his neck for the rest of his life for the sake of salvaging some pride by playing another season or three.
Peyton, here is some unsolicited advice: no matter how much money the Redskins and Dolphins throw at you, it’s not worth jeopardizing your long term health.