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Published:March 8th, 2012 21:31 EST
Peyton Manning Sent Packing

Peyton Manning Sent Packing

By Kenrick Rampersad

On Wednesday a press conference took place.  It was a press conference like no other.  In fact, few have turned out to be as classy, if any.  This was a conference to announce the end of an era, but it was also a tearful celebration.

Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts.

To understand why this is such an important and historic event one needs to go back and see what this team was, the disarray and the irrelevance permeating this franchise and the prospects of maybe having to move to another city.

Peyton Manning was the Horse Shoe, he was the Colts, he saved the franchise, he became a most valuable player and most valuable son of Indianapolis.  He played with poise, with honor and professionalism and carried himself in a dignifying manner on and off the field.

What happened on Wednesday was the most overwhelming sign of respect shown mutually by a player and an owner, an owner who came off looking much better than when he moved that franchise from Baltimore and who was in danger of having to move yet again, and a player who is a sure first ballot Hall of Famer not only in the NFL, but in American society.

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