Jim Irsay says the Colts let Peyton Manning go so they could win more Super Bowls

Colts owner Jim Irsay told USA TODAY Sports that part of the reason they decided to release Peyton Manning back in 2012 was because they wanted to win multiple Super Bowls.

“We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these,” Irsay says, flicking up his right hand to show his Super Bowl XLI championship ring.

“(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these,” Irsay adds. “Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.

“You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this.”

Then Irsay flicks up his right hand again.

This is clearly a shot at Manning.

While no one knew for sure if Manning would be able to play again,  Irsay clearly takes a dig at the fact that Manning only brought home one Lombardi trophy.


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