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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

Manning's the Man


I have loved them since the Colts first came to Indy, much to the chagrin of Baltimore, a city that had once saved the financially devastated team from going under. It didn't matter that we lost game after game or that often we couldn't watch the games. They were blacked out at home because they hadn't sold out. Still, we caught the ones that were televised, went to some at the dome, and watched all of the away games. We made dip and had friends and family over. We yelled and cheered, changed seats to ward off bad luck and said, "Maybe next year" at the end of each season. Then Manning came along.

Of course, it wasn't that simple. We also had the right coaches and a knack for picking the right players, like when we passed on University of Texas's Ricky Williams and took Edgerrin James instead, and then Joseph Addai after that. But the Manning factor can't be denied, especially when he finally managed to break that post-season curse and win the Super Bowl.

I'm not a fair-weather fan, and I don't wear a pink jersey, but I am biased. I proudly wear my blue and white. I cheered on Manning (for the short time he was in) against the Eagles from my new season ticket seat (after having been on the waiting list for years). There is nothing like football. The roof of Lucas Oil Stadium was open, music was pumping, and a lone, albeit obnoxious, Eagle fan yelled from behind (wearing his New York Knicks basketball jersey, go figure).

Manning is my Field General. He may never model men's underwear, date Jessica Simpson, or burn his fans by later becoming a Patriots quarterback. He'll just continue to wow fans with his ability to read defenses, connect with his receivers and win games. Go Colts!

By Dawn Knight  |  August 31, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning , Quarterbacks , Tom Brady Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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