AFC South: Artrell Hawkins
February, 3, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS — Outside of the Super Bowl, the hot topic in town is what the Indianapolis Colts will do with quarterback Peyton Manning. Former defensive back Artrell Hawkins, whose nine-year NFL career included stops with the Bengals and Patriots, has a Cincinnati radio show that is being broadcast from the Super Bowl this week. He gave his take on the Manning situation:
"I don't think it's unfair. It's the nature of the business. You can't pass up a guy like Andrew Luck. If you have an injury, Jim Irsay has to do what's best for the organization now. I hesitate to say Peyton is going to be done. Yeah, Peyton might be done here. You can't give him $28 million. It's bad timing for him because of the bonus he gets and the best quarterback in the past 30 years is available in Andrew Luck. At the end of the day, this is what it's all about. There's only two kind of players in this league. There are players who are retired and done and there are the players who are going to be. I don't think Peyton ever gets back to where he was as a player. You can't say with a 100 percent certainty that he won't be back. But, at the same time, it's nerve damage. It's his arm. I don't see him playing a very long time. I wouldn't bet against him playing, but he's probably never going to be the same again."