Originally posted on Projo Pats Blog  |  Last updated 1/3/12

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts under center during the first half against the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
By Jim Donaldson Peyton Manning will be 36 on March 24th. Tom Brady will turn 35 in August. So it's not as if Manning is over the hill. But, having sat out this season following what was a third operation in two years to repair disk problems in his neck, Manning's Hall of Fame-worthy career in Indianapolis should now be over. Prior to this season, Manning never had missed a start for the Colts since they drafted him with the first pick overall in 1998. The man who made that pick, Bill Polian, was fired Monday afternoon as Indy's Vice Chairman. Jimmy Irsay, the team owner, also fired Polian's son, Chris, who just finished his first season as general manager. Considering that, without Manning, the Colts stumbled through a disastrous, 2-14 season, those moves shouldn't be shocking. The plus side to an otherwise dismal year is that Indy now holds the first pick in the draft, which they could -- and should -- use to select Stanford
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