The Orphan I Am Chronicles- 19

Peyton Manning’s career as we know it is over. After going through a third medical procedure, the latest a fusion in the neck and despite what ‘others’ say, he won’t be able to play a down this season and these are the reasons why. First, by the fusion alone, he has lost a certain degree in range in motion, something vital to any quarterback, he will never get that loss back. Next, by losing that range, he will naturally try to compensate for it now by attempting to get that range back by relying on the remainder of the neck.

By doing this, he will experience with limitations, a degree of discomfort as well as possible a hastened aging of the remainder good vertebrae. As well as some discomfort in the spine in particular, the area just between the shoulder blades. Anytime you have a fusion of any type, you have also lost the ability of ‘absorbing’ shock to the body, to some degree. A neck brace of any type on the field will somewhat ‘protect’ him but by wearing a brace, he now loses what range of motion he has left, making him predictable in his passes and an open target if he can’t get the ball off.

* Note-Rehab will take time, some range can be recovered by a ‘kneading’ of the scar tissue. which after healing, the scar tissue is massaged vigorously until the area of the surgery is soft and somewhat flexible again, if that is the right word.

But given what I have stated, you now look at Peyton, the stellar athlete, the competitor. He will not walk away from the sport he loves without a fight, despite all he has accomplished he will want to compete and prove those wrong who feel like i do, that he should retire and be content with his status as being one of the most elite qb’s to ever play the game. It is this fire/passion within him that has made him the leader he is. So now he faces this question and this one alone.

Does he continue, in further attempts to achieve more in regards to records, championships versus the quality of life? Howie Long faced that decision years ago, although the circumstances may have been different, it did come down to games vs health, which he made the right and most unselfish decision, he retired before his career took a toll on his body and his mind (possible concussions).

Peyton has nothing else to prove, not as far as I am concerned. What ever decision he makes I wish him and his family the best. Quarterbacks like him and Tom Brady are rare, coming around only once in a while. So I end this blog with this, should he retire, would it not be nice, with his invaluable knowledge and insight to the game, make an excellent coach someday?

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~ by tonekinchloe on September 9, 2011.

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