Peyton Manning Cut Loose

The football legend cut after neck injury sidelined him.
2:08 | 03/07/12

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In Indianapolis today a farewell that wants would have been unthinkable quarterback Peyton Manning one of the greatest players in NFL history. Was cut for the colts because of concern about his health. There were cheers all around from Manning from the colts owner and from fans across the city Manning put on the sports map. Here's ABC's Josh Elliott. For Peyton Manning -- and was as emotional. As the fourteen years preceding it were brilliant. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The man who never missed a start in 208. Games. Now let go by the team he turned into a perennial NFL power. The reason and injured -- operated on time and -- simply made him too great a financial risk. We've been so blessed to have -- -- and you know the the good times we've had together the -- we've shared together. Manning has had for medical procedures in just nineteen months. Rendering his neck almost buy -- -- Nerve damage repaired two vertebrae fused even experimental stem cell treatments performed in Europe just this past summer. None of it would make him healthy enough to convince the colts he was worth the 28 million dollar bonus required to keep -- -- hope for almost all my adult life. But I guess in life and in sports we all know about -- perhaps forever. Cold comfort for fans now in mourning in Indianapolis a city long in the thrall of Manning's -- I -- never met him -- my heart broke it by any measure -- -- one of football's all time greats he certain first ballot hall of Famer. The question now what does he do next. They Manny is nothing if not student of the game acutely aware of its history and his place in it but most of all Peyton Manning. Wants to play and will if able. And there are already a gaggle of teams Diane anxious to help him. Do just that very classy valedictory. -- --

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