Looks like “Parks and Recreation” co-star Rob Lowe won’t win a Pulitzer for his sports coverage after all.
An announcement on Lowe’s Twitter page last week claimed his “people” told him Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was going to retire. His friendship with Colts owner Jim Irsay lent credibility to the claim. But Manning dispelled the rumor today in an interview with the Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz.
Lowe's tweet quickly went viral and was retweeted more than 100 times.
Manning wasn’t impressed.
“I never thought ‘Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,” Manning told Kravitz, a reference to Lowe’s character in “The Outsiders.”
So while he’s not retiring, Manning, still recovering from neck surgery that put him out of action the entire 2011 season, is unsure of where he’ll end up this offseason. Facing a $28 million option bonus due on March 8, the Colts may move him in attempt to save cash. They are widely expected to use the No. 1 pick in the draft on Manning's heir apparent, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Manning said he would like to stay in Indianapolis, where he has played for his entire 14-year career.
“It’s been a privilege to play here," Maning said. "I love the fans, the city, the transformation of the fans, how our place has become the toughest stadium to play in, the fact our fans wear more jerseys to games than anybody else. It’s been fun to be a part of that."