Schechter's Lectures No. 19: Peyton Manning/Andrew Luck

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Dec 23 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to pass in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) drops back to throw a pass in the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Happy new year everybody. May it be a happy and a healthy to all of you readers out there, and all of your friends and loved ones. This week, instead of being snarky and annoyed about something, I wanted to take a look at what to me, is the feel good story of the NFL in 2012. A situation that had a lot of speculation, but in the end, worked out great for both teams. I’m talking about these two guys pictured, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

Take your seats, class is in session.

There was a lot of talk about this situation last offseason, as well there should be. Peyton Manning was coming off of multiple surgeries, and Andrew Luck was just out of college. Everybody knew that Andrew Luck was going to be the number one pick. Peyton Manning was due a large roster bonus from the Colts, so as we all remember, this decision was going to come to a head, and it did.

Jim Irsay was in a tough spot. What was he to do? Does he commit to the quarterback that revitalized his franchise more than a decade ago? How do you turn your back on a guy that was the face of your franchise? Think back to all of the great moments, the MVPs, the great seasons, that Peyton Manning had in a Colts uniform. How does Jim Irsay turn his back on that? On the other hand, is it time to move on? You have the first pick, and if you choose a quarterback, everybody knows that quarterback is going to play. Just like Manning way back, that quarterback has not been chosen to sit. How is that quarterback going to do? Peyton was only 3-13 in his rookie season. The Colts had 2 wins in 2011, what were they in for?

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