I never saw his MRIs, nor examined him, but for Peyton to continue playing seems just way beyond the pale of acceptable risk. Obviously there are some docs who cleared him, but having been on both ends of the knife, and 13 spine surgeries, there is no way in heck I whould be playing if I were in his shoes( In medicine, when we see multiple surgeries, it usually means something didn't go well). Say he actually makes it a yr. Maybe two, or with amazing luck, three. Point is, his quality of life if he quit now would be substantially compromised, and altho i hope he doesn't get hurt, I wouldn't take the bet he makes it a yr. Five yrs down the road Peyton may very well think back to this decision and realize he made a huge mistake.
Forget him busting the salary cap and we lose our SB ready team. Forget him wanting control of Harbaugh's team. Medically, this is just an awful decision. I won't say criminal, but it is darn close from my standpoint. And some of you wanted Peyton to play here? Wow, that would have been an interesting exercise in holding your breath for every offensive down. When things don't look right, nor do they seem sensible...usually you are right....and peyton had no business playing here nor anywhere else.
Say what you want about who courted whom, who did what, when , etc. It still boils down to this was a terrible decision by Peyton, and i sure hope his own docs have truly given him informed consent. I would just have to imagine he didn't listen.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on May 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM ]