Peyton Manning's eventual return to the field will mark one of the biggest moments in this (or the next) NFL season, but a riled-up gang of Mississippians are promoting another career move altogether:
Hang up the cleats and coach their Ole Miss Rebels back to glory.
With coach Houston Nutt on the way out, former Rebels legend Archie Manning was named co-chairman of the selection committee to find a replacement. Archie said this week he's been slammed with requests for his son, Peyton, to take over the program.
"I've gotten about 20 or 25 e-mails from people in that regard," Archie Manning told The Commercial Appeal on Monday night. "I passed that on to Peyton. He said, 'Just tell them that I'm 0-10 as an assistant for Indianapolis.' "
From what we can gather, far less -- if any -- e-mails were sent urging Eli Manning to take over, a nod to his steady season with the Giants and a telling reminder of the stark perception by some regarding Peyton's future as a player.
It's hard to envision a world where that development would please the man who's been the face of the Indianapolis franchise since Luck was collecting baseball cards and watching "The Electric Company" in his basement.