Eli’s Brother


The story of Eli Manning’s NFL prowess is well-known, well-documented, and obviously legendary. He was recently fitted for his second Super Bowl ring and cleared space on his mantle for his second Super Bowl MVP trophy. Even with all of his success, I’d argue that his football career is still on the ascent. However, I’m throwing you a little curve ball here. This is not about Eli, but instead Eli’s lesser-known brother, Peyton.

Eli’s brother is also a professional football player, a quarterback even. He’s actually pretty damn good, too. He won a Super Bowl, not two like his brother, but he has a ring. Until last Wednesday, March 7, he played for the Colts of Indianapolis. He was cut by owner Jim Irsay in a much maligned move driven by a very unique scenario. Eli’s bro was arguably the organization’s all-time greatest player, and now he’s gone. He’s leaving Indy with some tread left on his tires, too. So what’s behind this abrupt, seemingly heartless, move by the Colts? Well, his 14 year tenure in Indy was cut short for a variety of reasons:

The Neck


Peyton sat out the entire 2011 NFL season after undergoing neck surgery to repair some kind of nerve issue in there. He got a couple of his vertebrae fused together or some shit like that. Here’s the deal, though. Experts are not really worried about any future neck problems for Peyton, but rather if his arm strength will get back to what it was in his prime. Nerve damage in a neck can be a serious problem with regards to strength in the arm, or at least that’s what Google just taught me. Even after all he has done for the Colts, it’s a tough decision for an owner to sign off on, putting the future of your team on an arm that you’re just not sure of.

The Kid


If this scenario were to occur a couple years ago or even next season, Peyton may still be a Colt. Insert Neckbeard Pledge. Having the rights to the 2012 #1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, the Colts have the privilege of drafting Andrew Luck, who some experts are calling the top quarterback prospect since John Elway. It would certainly behoove Irsay to take advantage of such a golden opportunity, and he is. Luck has the size, the arm, the pedigree, and the smarts to excel in the NFL. He’s a lot like Eli, actually.

The Money


The NFL is a vastly appealing entity that showcases some of the world’s most elite athletes. But just like any industry, it’s driven by money. Peyton was due a bonus of $28,000,000 if he was still a Colt on Thursday; they cut his ass on Wednesday. We’re not talking some $1,000 performance bonus at your miserable 9 to 5. “Hey, Peyton. Come into my office for a sec. You know that 28 mil we’re supposed to give you tomorrow? Yeah, we’re gonna go ahead and hang on to that.” Irsay saved his organization 28 mil by cutting ties with Peyton. Aside from that, he’s rejuvenating his franchise. The arrival of young Andrew Luck will start a buzz in Indianapolis, and that will drive up ticket and merchandise sales. This decision goes beyond football. It’s big business.

At the end of the day, Peyton will land on his feet. He’s a no doubt Hall-of-Famer with good years ahead of him. He gets to choose his next team and will select one that will give him a great opportunity to get back to a Super Bowl. Right now it’s looking like his decision has been narrowed down to Arizona and Denver. Personally, I hope he goes to Denver and takes a huge shit on Tebowmania. But before it’s time to make the call and sign on the dotted line, Peyton will definitely look to brother Eli for advice, and I think that’s wise. Dude’s got two rings already.

  1. Brooksanddunn

    Peyton made the shittiest team in football a super bowl contender and hes eli’s bro? The giants would be a decent club , maybe not superbowl worthy,but decent. Bad column.

    12 years ago at 2:21 pm
    1. OffWeFrat

      Ever heard of situational irony? It’s used to make humor. I guess that couldn’t have been it, though, everything on this site is completely serious.

      12 years ago at 3:43 pm
    2. Frat On Brother

      shut the fuck up offwefrat, there’s just some things you dont joke about. this terrible column is one of those things

      12 years ago at 1:14 pm
    3. FrataDelta

      ^Almost everything on this website is supposed to be some form of satire you little shit.

      12 years ago at 11:29 am
    4. OffWeFrat

      ^^ I’m not sure what you have up your ass, but ya might want to get it checked, buddy.

      12 years ago at 7:08 pm
  2. Lowcountry Frat

    I’ve been a Peyton Manning fan since he was at Tennessee in college so I’ll guess I’ll be cheering for whatever team he chooses next. I’d love to see him get another ring and it would be hilarious if he replaced Tebow

    12 years ago at 2:23 pm
    1. MOMOgotMojo

      I would love to see Tebow and Manning go at it for the starting spot. Manning would win if he kept the snow out of his broken Vagina.

      12 years ago at 3:09 pm
    2. KappaSigCU

      He needs to go to Arizona. Imagine what the fuck would happen if you combined Peyton and Larry Fitzgerald. One of the best qb-reciever duos i’d say

      12 years ago at 3:38 pm
    3. Brosta del Mar

      Seeing Manning in a place like Arizona would make me care about the NFC West again. Maybe he’d fit in Seattle with or Minnesota, though. All three teams have some high-caliber receivers and don’t have quarterbacks. He could turn any of those teams around.

      12 years ago at 3:52 pm
    4. Wilco Frat

      Apparently Bud Adams of the Tennessee Titans is now vying for Peyton’s arm, and is hoping to cut Hasselbeck (finally). The better Manning would be a great mentor for Jake Locker to learn from for a few years also. Tennessee has been stagnant and boring for a while, and Peyton/Locker would bring some new fire to Nashville.

      12 years ago at 7:04 pm
    5. DoubleTap

      Peyton should go to the Chiefs. Number 3 defense and Eric Berry returning. Jamaal Charles healthy again, great receiver in Dwayne Bowe. Possibly a Super Bowl run next year if Peyton does sign with KC.

      12 years ago at 2:14 pm
  3. Frattleship

    Eli will never be as good as Peyton. He may have more rings but he had a much better team. The colts with out Peyton were the worst in the league just shows you how good Peyton is.


    12 years ago at 2:25 pm
  4. Scobey1855

    I think it’d be much more fitting if you called Eli “Peyton’s brother.” Maybe you’re just an Ole Miss student, a Sigma Nu or God forbid a New Yorker, but Peyton has definitely been the superior Manning up to this point. Eli needs some MVP awards first.

    12 years ago at 2:27 pm
    1. Dillon Cheverere

      No way, man. If not for Eli, you probably wouldn’t even know who Peyton is. Unless you’re a Tennessee fan, then MAYBE.

      12 years ago at 2:32 pm
    2. Keepin it Fratty

      Hey scobey, he’s got two Super Bowl MVP awards. You know, the Super Bowl? The most important part of the entire sport.

      12 years ago at 4:51 pm
      1. Coop had to quit playing in high school due to an injury. Getting slams just for being the “older mentor” brother to the ring wearing little mannings. FaF

        12 years ago at 12:14 am
  5. floundersnu

    Good read. As a true Colts fan I hope to God Luck is as good as everyone says he is.

    12 years ago at 2:28 pm
    1. MOMOgotMojo

      PAC qbs have a pretty good start in the NFL. If the offensive line holds up then He should do fine

      12 years ago at 3:16 pm
    2. BrobHuggins

      They need some receivers for the kid or to establish a running game. Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Garcon are all gone.

      12 years ago at 8:33 pm
    3. floundersnu

      They will probably trade dwight on draft day for early pick and try to get blackmon

      12 years ago at 9:55 pm
    4. MrConstantine

      MOMO you’re delusional: Joey Harrington, Matt Leinart, Ryan Leaf, Mark Sanchez, need I go on? The Pac 12 (read 10) rarely produces decent QB’s (read Elway)

      12 years ago at 7:26 am