Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has today admitted he hopes Peyton Manning will retire as a member of the franchise.
The comments come at a time when many are wondering whether Manning will call time on his NFL career after this weekend's Super Bowl 50.
The veteran quarterback, of course, has strong ties with the Colts having enjoyed a number of successful years with the franchise before linking up with the Denver Broncos in 2011.
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"I want him to and I've asked him to," was Irsay's response when asked about the possibility of Manning ending his pro career back where it all began in Indianapolis.
This, though, wouldn't be a sensational return to the starting QB role at the Colts. It would be likely a gesture in which Manning would sign a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the franchise who drafted him back in 1998. Something a number of players have done in recent seasons.
Considering all he achieved during his 14 seasons in Indy - 11 playoff appearances, eight division titles, one Super Bowl win and just about every QB record - Indianapolis fans would certainly love to see Peyton leave the league as a Colt.
Whether Manning himself would be keen on the idea is unclear, however. As things stand, no one is even 100-percent sure that the 39-year-old will retire at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
He is, however, believed to have told close friends that the upcoming clash against the Carolina Panthers will be his last.
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