There was a minor kerfuffle earlier this year when Colts owner Jim Irsay kinda sorta took a shot at Peyton Manning for only winning one title in Indianapolis. That came the week before Manning returned to play the Colts as a member of the Broncos.
It was a poor choice of words by Irsay, but it was impossible to believe he didn't appreciate what Manning did for the franchise.
So it's not a surprise that Irsay is thrilled for Manning as he goes back to another Super Bowl, this one with Denver.
"I just couldn't be more excited," Irsay told The Indianapolis Star. "This is what we were hoping it was going to be — a win-win situation for everybody. I'm so happy for him. We've already talked this week about getting him some extra (Super Bowl) tickets and I told him, 'You've got it, buddy. Go get 'em. Go win it.' I wish him all the best."
That should put to rest any thoughts of an Irsay-Manning feud. Manning's success doesn't mean Irsay regrets anything, however. He's more from Bob Kravitz's column:
"And we're obviously on track; actually we're past where we thought we would be with Andrew (Luck)," Irsay said. "If Peyton had stayed, it would have been a joke with what we could have been able to field in 2012. It would have been crazy to think we could have put a team together with Peyton.
"It was just an impossibility. Now we have the perfect situation, where we're way ahead of schedule and Andrew is achieving things beyond our wildest expectations, and Peyton has a chance to get that second Super Bowl ring. It's been a win-win and that's what we were hoping for."
And that's all fair, as well. The Colts wouldn't trade 15 years of Luck for a few years of Manning. They were in rebuilding mode and couldn't have built a roster around Manning like the Broncos have anyway.
It really did work out well for everyone involved. And now we can put to rest the notion that Irsay doesn't properly appreciate Manning.
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