Friday, 03 February 2012 17:01
Peyton Manning Can Play, Eli Has Say, Saints' Brees Hopes To Stay
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Peyton Manning has been cleared to resume his NFL career.

According to press reports, two doctors cleared Manning to play, including the doctor that performed the surgery.

 "If you were my own son, I 'd tell you to go play," one doctor told Manning. 

However, the big question now is whether he will play and if so, for whom?  The rumor mill appears to favor his getting a divorce from the Indianapolis Colts.   

Drew Brees

Contract talks between the Saints' GM Mickey Loomis and Drew Bees are under way and it looks like they are going well.

Brees was on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday and said "there's no doubt in my mind a contract will get finalized before and should be done in the next few weeks before free agency.

The Saints have many unrestricted free agents and if Brees is right and he and the Saints can complete a deal before free agency starts, the Saints would be able to put their franchise tag on Marques Colston or Carl Nicks.

Brees said he has looked at the film of the divisional loss to the 49ers and doesn't want to see it again.

"It's the finality of it all that's so hard to deal with.," said the quarterback. "We had won nine weeks in a row. We all expected to be here in Indianapolis."

Brees talked about the 49ers defense and said they rallied to the ball and created turnovers, which cost his team the game.

Brees said he doesn't think Eli Manning and the Giants have no fear right now and think they can beat anybody.

Patrick asked Brees if one ring is enough to merit consideration for greatest of all time. Brees said it's not for him to judge, but there are exceptions to the rule you judge quarterbacks for rings. But usually that's the way you judge a quarterback. 

Eli Manning

Eli Manning was asked 13 questions at his news conference after the Giants arrived in Lexington for the Super Bowl. Six of them concerned his brother Peyton. Following are some of the questions and answers:

Q: Are you tired of playing in Peyton's shadow?
A: Peyton has a great big brother to me and very helpful in my progression as a quarterback whether through college or the NFL. He has supported me and given me any tips he could think of, especially my first couple of years. For a Christmas, he bought me a computer that stores all our software to watch film at home. He would to do anything for me to be a better quarterback, to help me play at a high level.

He has been very helpful at that. In his case, he's been the guy who I've locked up to. Not just because of what he's done in the NFL, but since I started watching him play football when he was in the seventh grade and the starting quarterback. I didn't miss one of his games from the time he was in seventh grade and he was the starting quarterback. I didn't miss one of his games from seventh grade through high school.  I tried to see every college game, whether on TV or attending. He is someone who I've watched closely, talked to and worked with on drops and different techniques. When he went off to college he would come back and teach me when I was in the eighth grade or in high school, just so I would have an advantage. We had a close relationship. I thank him for all that he's provided me and helping me become a better quarterback.

Q: How do you feel about winning a Super Bowl in Peyton's home field?
A: I really have not thought much about playing in Indianapolis. It's not really a time to reflect on that. It's just a matter of trying to get ready for the Patriots and get ready to play this game, and get ready for their defense. We'll look back on  the fact of playing in  the Super Bowl in the town where he plays for the Colts. We'll look on that later.

Q: Does the uncertainty with Peyton's football future cause you to have a deeper appreciation for the game?
A: If you play the game long enough, you realize how precious each season is and how precious these opportunities are. You don't know if you're going to get a chance to play in another Super Bowl. You don't know when a season might be cut short on you. It's not just reminding me because of what Peyton's going through.

Q: Peyton said after winning the Super Bowl following the 2006 season and the year before you and the Giants beat the Patriots, Peyton said his younger brother would someday win a Super Bowl and MVP award on his own.
A: He was just trying to be nice at the time. Seeking Peyton after the game, in the locker room, seeing the smile on his face and then being with him those next couple of months  after he won  the Super Bowl it definitely made me jealous. You always want to win a championship, but when you see someone win it, just the relief, the smile that was painted on his face for months --- it makes you want to win one even more. It truly gives you a burning desire to get one. That made a bigger impact on me than his comments. There's not a better feeling from a professional standpoint knowing that you've done your job that season better than anyone else. That is what we're fighting for.

How much are Super bowl rings worth? As prized as Super Bowl rings, some ring holders or family members would rather have the cash value than the memories. Some sellers, usually players, don't want the public to know what they're doing. Others don't care.But it can be quite a profitable move. The late Ray Nitschke's 1966 Packers has a value of $100,000. That was from the first championship game between and NFL and the AFL in Los Angeles. It wasn't called the Super Bowl until 1969. A 2004 Patriots' Super Bowl has a value of $65,000. A 2004 Colts Super Bowl is valued at $60,000... 

RIP; Tyrone Duplessis, Louisiana Tech running back, passed away Thursday in Ruston. He was 21. He was a standout at O. Perry Walker High before playing for Louisiana Tech.

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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