Peyton Manning Fans
February 25, 2012 by staff
Peyton Manning Fans, If Peyton Manning doesn’t feel wanted in Indianapolis, there are a couple of fans in South Florida who would love him down here.
Will Casino and Robert Hoffman, founders of ManningtoMiami.com, are stepping up their efforts to bring the Indianapolis Colts quarterback to the Miami Dolphins.
The “big Dophins fans and big Peyton fans” from Stuart have paid for a billboard that faces east near the I-95/I-595 interchange in Fort Lauderdale. It has a picture of Peyton Manning in a No. 18 Miami Dolphins jersey above the Web address.
“The concept, the name says it all,” Casino said. “It’s pretty simple. It’s something we thought people would get behind. Think about all the attention Lebron James got when he made the move to Miami. Peyton is on that same level.”
The ManningtoMiami site emerged on the Web earlier this month as part of a grassroots campaign to urge the Dolphins to bring the star quarterback to Miami.
The site asks supporters to fill out an online form and promises to deliver the list of names to the Dolphins and Manning’s representatives. Casino said about 1,800 fans registered on the site on Wednesday.
The Dolphins have suffered through three straight losing seasons and owner Steve Ross, General Manager Jeff Ireland and new coach Joe Philbin have said securing a franchise quarterback is the team’s priority.
Starter Chad Henne, who was injured last season, won’t return. And Matt Moore, who finished the season with a 6-3 record, played well, but is not considered the long-term solution.
“Petyon is the epitome of what a quarterback should be,” Casino said. “With the Dolphins going through what they’ve been through, not making it to the playoffs and several rough years, I think that’s because of inconsistent play at the quarterback position. If we had someone of Manning’s caliber, it would do wonders for the franchise.”
It has yet to be determined whether Manning will ever play football again after undergoing four neck surgeries to fuse vertebrae and repair a damaged nerve. The quarterback is in training and says he expects to play.
Manning, who did not play last season, is expected to become a free agent next month after he and Colts’ owner Jim Irsay have launched a public war of words over Manning’s future. The Colts also would have to pay Manning a $28 million bonus if they retain him.
Without Manning, the Colts suffered through a 2-14 season and secured the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft. They are expected to pick Stanford University star QB Andrew Luck, making Manning expendable.
When asked about the billlboard, Ireland dismissed it.
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