Indianapolis Colts owner,Jim Irsay, has no regrets about letting Peyton Manning go in favour of Andrew Luck, despite Manning leading his Broncos team to this years Super Bowl in his second year with the franchise.
In fact Irsay could not be happier for his former player:
"I just couldn't be more excited.
"This is what we were hoping it was going to be - a win-win situation for everybody," he told The Indianapolis Star.
And the owner is more than happy to see Manning producing the goods for a different franchise, safe in the knowledge that the Colts are progressing as expected:
"We're obviously on track; actually we're past where we thought we would be with Andrew,
"If Peyton had stayed in would have been a joke with what we could have been able to field in 2012," he said, clearly hinting at the financial implications a new Manning contract would have caused.
Although the Colts lost out to rivals, the New England Patriots, in the playoffs Andrew Luck performed well in his second NFL season - throwing for 3,822 yards and 23 TD's in 2013.
And replacing the 13-time Pro-Bowler with the 2012 first overall draft pick was the only feasible option in Irsay's eyes:
"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", said Irsay.
Even though Peyton has gone on to have the greatest season of any quarterback in the NFL ever since leaving Indianapolis, throwing a league record 5,477 yards in his second year with the Broncos, it seems Irsay really does have no regrets:
"I'm just really rooting for him to get that second ring. That would be awesome".
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