Peyton Manning Released By Indianapolis Colts

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Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held a joint press conference this morning in which they confirmed his days in Indy are over.

Manning played 14 years in Indy, earning 11 playoff appearances, 11 Pro Bowl selections, eight division titles, four MVP awards and one Super Bowl.

"I sure have loved playing football for the Indianapolis Colts," he said. "I've been a Colt my entire adult life ... but we know nothing lasts forever."

"Our circumstances make it best for us to take this next step."

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Manning choked back his emotions. "I love it here, I love the fans," he said. "I'll leave the Colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude."

"I've been blessed to play here," Manning added, thanking the city, fans, team and media. "Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."

Owner Jim Irsay lauded Manning's career with the team while announcing its conclusion amid a "long difficult process." They will retire his #18 promptly.

Irsay says the Colts' salary cap issues and decision to rebuild necessitated his release, but Manning was "completely unselfish" in accepting the outcome.

"There will be no other Peyton Manning," said Irsay while getting emotional. "We've been so blessed to have him. He's always part of the horseshoe."

Manning said he was "confident" about resuming his NFL career, though it's unclear where that might take place when the NFL returns in September.

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payton my boyfriend kenny has been .with our team for a long time .he is a huge fan of u so i would like to know what team do u think u might go to .

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Thanks Indy!!! Love, The Minnesota Vikings.xxxoooo

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I wish him nothing but the best

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nooooo! Hes such a great quarterback and person. Even tho im in tampa i loved to watch him play and thought the world of him since he called his own plays out there in the field. Still a lil wounded wit that colts come bk wit 4mins left in the game and like 3 touchdwns to go.... They beat us damn good that day! Lol hope he finds a great new team. I wud love him for the bucs but i dnt think anyone ova 25 can be on our team. Hahaha lol

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We hate to see you go! "I will fondly remember you as one of footballs greats!". Hope to see you somewhere next season!

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Hate to see you go. "I will fondly remember you as one of footballs greats!". Hope to see you somewhere next year!!!!

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Payton, as an Indiana resident, I would like to say Thank You! Thank you for 14 years of being our Colt`s leader. I (as well as all the other Hoosiers and Colts fans country wide) wish you nothing but the best for you and your family! You have brought many great things to Indy, (and not just football!) My daughter stayed a week at your Childrens Hospital. Please know that no matter where you go, you will always be a Hoosier and a Colt to us!

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