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Peyton Manning should only play for the Colts, Michael Irvin says

January 31, 2012 | 11:18 am

The most talked-about quarterback in Indianapolis this week isn't Tom Brady or Eli Manning, it's Peyton Manning, who might never don a Colts uniform again.

Just about everyone has an opinion about Peyton -- whether he will or won't play again, and if he does, whether he'll be in Indianapolis or elsewhere.

The NFL Network's Michael Irvin is among those who would cringe watching Manning in the colors of one of the other 31 teams.

"It’s a unique situation," Irvin said. "People say it’s like what Brett [Favre] went through in Green Bay, but this is different. They had such tradition before Brett got there.

"Whatever understanding we have of what [Colts Owner Jim] Irsay calls 'the horseshoe,' Peyton made. I heard Irsay say, 'He knows the horseshoe comes first...' What are you talking about? The horseshoe is first?

"The horseshoe was nothing before Peyton got here. You could have taken that horseshoe, you couldn’t have given it away. It wasn’t lucky, it was killing you. Until Peyton got here."


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-- Sam Farmer in Indianapolis

Photo: Peyton Manning on the bench with Curtis Painter in November. Credit: Andy Lyons / Getty Images.