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Peyton Manning Retirement Rumor
Apparently, actor Rob Lowe moonlights as an NFL insider. The star of prominent TV shows such as Parks and Recreation and The West Wing shook Twitterverse on Wednesday evening when he tweeted that Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning was retiring.
Here are the exact quotes:
* "Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to # NFL. Wow. # Colts"
* " @richeisen My people are saying Manning will retire today. What do you hear? #NFL"
* "#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong. Don't like being wrong, but this time… I'm hoping #NFL #Manning "
In case you were wondering, the # signs next to words are called hashtags, and essentially, they're twitter code for "I want tons of people to read this." Mission accomplished.
According to a Google News search, over 1400 articles mention Lowe and Manning and both have been trending in the U.S. on Twitter. Fortunately for Manning fans, however, it's almost certainly a joke. I mean this comes from the guy who plays Eddie Nero on Californication.
More importantly, the rumor is being shot down by everyone close to the future Hall of Famer. According to an ESPN report, NFL analyst Chris Mortensen spoke to Manning's father, Archie, who said: "Noooo…he ain't retiring. I think he would've told me." NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reached Manning's agent, who claimed that the retirement talk was "news to him." And if you really want to get an idea of how seriously you should take this whole ordeal, check out the Colts' owner's Twitter response to Rob Lowe.
If anything, this speculation might just spark a debate about what was poised to be the story of the upcoming NFL offseason, anyway.
What are the Colts and Peyton Manning going to do when Indianapolis takes QB Andrew Luck first in the NFL draft?
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