Words expressing my contempt for the Ersay family owners of the Indianapolis Colts cannot be printed on this site. The spineless bastards sneaked out of Baltimore with one of the finest football franchises at night with tractor-trailer loads of equipment and moved to Indianapolis with no compasion for the fans, only the money they were offered to move and the NFL did nothing. .
No loyalty to a city that was devoted to the franchise and had made football history with a startling Super Bowl victory spurred by Hall of Famer John Unitas.
The Ursay’s were able to pluck one Payton Manning from the draft whose leadership led them to two Super Bowls and one win. Manning made millions for the family and the franchise became one of the more valuable ones in the league.
Then Manning suffered nerve damage in his neck and was unable to play the last part of a season and all of last year. He has since been given the ok to play again, but at his age his future is doubtful; still the risk of an occurring injury and his age are against.
Manning has always said he wanted to finish his career with the Colts. Because he is due a $20+ million if he stays with the Colts this year, instead of keeping Manning to train the #1 draft pick they will get this year, another quarterback, and allow Payton to finish his career with the Colts, Ersay is not exercising that option, so Manning will become a free agent today.
Twenty million is not pocket change, but to a Franchise player some loyalty is in order, and to Ersay $20 million is pocket change. People bought tickeys to seen Manning play not because they loved Ersay.
No doubt he will quickly be picked up by another team for a hefty amount, but the whole deal stinks.
Pigs like Ersay have made football from a sport to a business. Like a slave they work you until you can play up to expectations and instead of honoring their contracts, dump you.
I can only wish the Colt franchise all the worst luck as possible, and that Peyton Manning takes whatever team he signs with wins the Super Bowl and Manning gives the Super Ring to Ersay to put where the sun doesn’t shine.