bill-swift - July 12, 2012
Most of us would not mind living till were 89 years (or older); the whole dying thing just doesn't sound appealing. However, growing senile as time goes on and being known as that crazy old guy with too many cats and a stuffed animal fetish is not that appealing either.
No, if I'm lucky enough to be an octogenarian I want to do it like Bud Adams, an NFL legend and the owner of the Tennessee Titans.
Never one to shy away from attention or hide his feelings (like when he told Buffalo that it was 'No. 1' a couple years ago - see below), Bud Adams has lived the life and sees no reason to hold anything back. At 89 the guy might not have a tomorrow to wait for!
So when he thought he could get a merchandising juggernaut to come to town he put it all on the line and offered Peyton Manning $25 million a season. Crazy, right?
Bringing Peyton back to Tennessee, where he is a college football legend, would have meant big bucks to the Titans. You're talking about a state of fans ready, willing, and waiting to buy brand new Tennessee Titans Manning jerseys. Would it have been enough to make it worthwhile? We'll never know.
From a football standpoint, the move, had Peyton been interested, would have killed the Titans. In order to fit that under the salary cap the Titans would have been forced to cut some guys and pay others Arena Football League wages. Even those guys think their salary sucks!
It would have paired Manning with a dynamic and talented running back (something he doesn't in Denver), but the Titans receiving corps is suspect at best. Kenny Britt needs to stay healthy and out of jail, and Nate Washington is an average player at best. It wold not have made for a very pretty swan song for one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game.
It's a good thing that even though Adams was crazy enough to offer $25 million that Peyton was smart enough not to take it.
(Want to see Bud tell Buffalo what he thinks? Way to keep it classy!)
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