What is likely to be the end of Peyton Manning’s football career is being accompanied by unsavory off-the-field headlines concerning alleged use of HGH and, now, the details of a decades-old sexual assault that allegedly occurred when he was a student at the University of Tennessee.Manning is among athletes named in a lawsuit filed last week by six former female students that alleges that Tennessee violated Title IX by treating assaults by student-athletes nonchalantly and creating a hostile work environment. After 18 gilded seasons, after 293 games, after the most fitting farewell one could have ever scripted, Peyton Manning is retiring from professional football. The imprint he leaves on the NFL is immeasurable and incalculable. 56th Street in Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.And he will be for a long, long time."The word GOAT (greatest of all time) got popular real soon," said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, Manning's first position coach in the NFL. I think he's arguably the best that's ever played."In the years to come we won’t remember 13-for-23 or 141 yards or a passer rating of 56.6 — his stats in his final game. For starters, run your finger down the roster at a local high school football game: Chances are you’ll stumble across a few young Peytons. Matt Kryger / The Star Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) heads toward the locker room after shaking hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after losing in overtime of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. Manning was a sophomore in the spring of 1996, when the alleged incident occurred. Jamie Naughright, whom King describes as “a respected scholar, speaker, professor, and trainer of some of the best athletes in the world.” [Tennessee hit with lawsuits] As Naughright examined him, according to the document, Naughright said that he intentionally placed his naked genitals on her face.“It was the gluteous maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area in between the testicles,” Naughright says.“And all that was on my face when I pushed him up and off.And it was like this and as I pushed him up to get leverage.
According to Heavy, the neighbor had played football at the University of Tennessee and hosted Peyton on a recruiting trip.
(Or, likely, a claim dating back 20 years accusing Manning of sexually assaulting a trainer at the University of Tennessee, the legitimacy of which has come into question over the past few weeks.)We won’t remember the wounded ducks, the interceptions, the battering and the booing and the benching he suffered through during the last of his 18 NFL seasons. We’ll remember his stunning revitalization in Denver, from couldn't-throw-it-10-yards after his fourth neck surgery to 55 touchdowns two years later. The irony, at the end, was this: After carrying teams for years — and winning a world championship just once — this time, for his last hurrah, it was them carrying him. Eighteen years ago he arrived in Indianapolis with that aww-shucks smile and that slow-roasted Louisiana drawl, bursting with ambition and the work ethic to match. Or stop by his children’s hospital, where Manning's impact is still felt four years after the Colts released him, in countless stories seen and unseen, in the hope and comfort he provided patients facing the unimaginable. Past the Colts Grille (established 2011), past Manning’s old postgame pit stop (St.