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Peyton Manning of La Mancha

While we ponder where he'll play, we should also ask what he has left to prove.

Originally Published: March 13, 2012
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Only professional athletes die twice. The first time when they retire.

Which brings us to Peyton Manning and the various states of his being. Like Schrödinger's Cat, any prediction of Manning's future depends entirely upon the observer -- of whom there were many millions last week. And lost in their chorus of "Where does Peyton Manning go from here?" is the more important question, "Why does Peyton Manning go from here?"

One of the best quarterbacks ever, Manning ...

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