Peyton Manning said he was "surprised, shocked [and] disappointed" at the firing of Colts vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian.
The father and son were let go by owner Jim Irsay on Monday afternoon, a day after the Colts closed out an abysmal 2-14 season -- without their franchise quarterback -- with a 19-13 loss at Jacksonville.
Manning, sidelined all year after a run of neck surgeries, was meeting with Bill Polian to discuss his ongoing rehab schedule when the vice chairman was summoned to Irsay's office.
Neither man was expecting what came next.
"I don't want to speak for Bill, but I did meet with him and he is [shocked] as well," the four-time NFL MVP told The Indianapolis Star. "It's a sad day and it's the worst part about this business. I'm sorry that it went down this way."
Manning added, "I always thought Bill and I might retire around the same time. You kind of hoped for that fairytale ending, after winning a Super Bowl."
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