Manning Leaving Colts: 'I'm at Peace'

Indianapolis will retire quarterback's No. 18
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 11:35 AM CST
In this Jan. 16, 2010, photo, Peyton Manning waves as he walks off the field.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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(Newser) – The "sources" were right: Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts announced today that he won't be playing for the team next season after 14 years, reports the Indianapolis Star. "It's weighed heavy on my heart," said an emotional Manning. "But I am at peace with it." Colts owner Jim Irsay said the circumstances of the QB's hefty contract were "too difficult to overcome," adding that the team would retire Manning's No. 18. So where to next? Bleacher Report has five teams here that should be on the top of the list.

"As I go, I go with just a few words ... for Colts fans," said Manning. "Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback." (Read more Peyton Manning stories.)

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