Archie Manning: 'Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy'

  • By Dan Hanzus
  • Published: Jan. 16, 2012 at 09:54 a.m.
  • Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.

Under the "For what it's worth" file: Former Saints quarterback and prodigious NFL star generator Archie Manning said Sunday that his son, Peyton, would like to remain with the Colts.
The elder Manning was in Green Bay on Sunday to watch his youngest son, Eli, shock the defending Super Bowl champion Packers at Lambeau Field. He made it clear Peyton's not itching to change uniforms after 14 seasons with the team that selected him with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.

"Peyton kind of likes his roots in Indy," Manning said, according to the New York Post. "We'll see what happens there. If that doesn't work and he can get healthy we'll see. That'll all work out. He's just trying to get healthy."
The Colts have the No. 1 pick in the draft, with many believing they'll take a quarterback who can succeed Manning, perhaps immediately. Archie said Peyton's main focus remains on rehab after undergoing his third neck surgery in 19 months back in September.
"He's got a great attitude," Archie said. "He's just fighting and scratching, trying to get healthy. We'll see what happens."
It's telling how every Peyton-related comment by Archie includes the qualifier of "if he can get healthy" or something similar. It tells us that where the Colts stand with Manning remains far less significant than the bigger question of whether Manning can play at all.