I was shocked. I was baffled. I couldn't comprehend what I was hearing. I know that all of the rumors for months had been that the Indianapolis Colts were going to let Peyton Manning go, but I just couldn't believe it. He has been the face of the franchise for years and he is the reason that the Colts have been so good for so long. I have been a Colts fan for as long as I can remember so I remember some pretty terrible seasons. However, until this past year those seasons have been a distant memory. With Peyton gone I'm not sure how long it will be before the dominance of the past decade will return. I know that they will draft a great quarterback in the draft, but I can only imagine how much better he would be if he was able to learn from the best to ever play the position. As a true fan (one that roots for his team no matter how good/bad they are) I will continue to pull for the Colts. I will also, however, continue to root for Peyton regardless of the team that he plays for. (I guess this gives me an excuse to watch more football :) ) I must say that as a diehard fan part of me still hopes that this was just a ploy by the Colts to get him for a cheaper contract and that they will re-sign him after other deals don't turn out to be what he is hoping. I believe that this is very unlikely, but I still have to hold out hope. I'm a Cubs fan and a Purdue fan, so I know what a big letdown feels like in the world of sports. I'll keep rooting for my teams and hope for the best. Go Colts and best of luck Peyton!