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The Indianapolis Colts will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7, but his former coach Jim Mora won’t be there.

Mora, Manning’s head coach for the first four years of his career, revealed Wednesday that his former quarterback invited him to the event, but that he turned down the invitation.

“I told him I wasn’t going to come,” Mora said on WNDE radio’s “Query & Schultz” show, according to Dakota Crawford of the Indianapolis Star.

“I had reasons. I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with (former Colts general manager Bill) Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there.”

Mora coached Indianapolis for four seasons, going 32-32 while leading the team to the playoffs twice, where it went 0-2. Yet, it was a staffing dispute that led to his departure from the team, as he was fired for refusing to cut ties with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“That’s exactly true,” Mora said. “It was either fire Vic of fire me. I was asked by Bill Polian – I was told by Bill Polian – he wanted me to fire Vic Fangio. I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. He’s an outstanding coach, was then and he still is.’ So we had talks with (owner) Jim Irsay, it came down and I wouldn’t do it …

“I couldn’t fire a friend or a coach that I felt was very qualified that didn’t deserve to be fired. So I got fired. That was it.”

It was Mora’s last coaching job in the NFL. He was replaced in Indianapolis by Tony Dungy, and Manning ultimately finished his tenure in Indy being coached by Jim Caldwell.

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A frustrating two-year stretch has done nothing to temper Jim Irsay’s expectations with a generational talent leading the way under center.

Relaying his rock-solid confidence to a town hall of season-ticket holders Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts owner wasn’t shy about outlining the goal of multiple Super Bowl titles during Andrew Luck‘s career.

“I’ve said it before – we’re into plural Lombardis,” Irsay said, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star. “That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t go out and get them.”

The Colts got off to a phenomenal start after selecting Luck as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2012, posting three consecutive 11-5 seasons and advancing one round further in the playoffs each year.

Now having made a long-awaited change in the front office, hiring Chris Ballard away from the Kansas City Chiefs to replace Ryan Grigson as general manager, the club will look to bounce back from consecutive playoff absences and begin heading back in that direction.

Luck was playing the best football of his young career before an unfortunate run of injury issues, completing 61.7 percent of passes for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in 2014. He showed signs of returning to that form last season, and the hope will be that a January surgery to correct lingering shoulder issues will have him at 100 percent this year.

Going on to capture two titles with Luck at the helm would see the Colts double up on their current franchise total. The most recent came at the end of the 2006 season, when Luck predecessor and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears.

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The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7. The next day, their former quarterback’s No. 18 will be retired and he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at a halftime ceremony during the Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The statue will be situated on the north plaza outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Peyton will always be a Colt,” team owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.

“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” said Manning.

Manning owns every major passing record for the Colts and ranks in the top-five in NFL history in every major passing category, including first-place marks in passing yards and touchdowns.

No other Colts player has had his jersey number retired since the team moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.

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The Indianapolis Colts are adding the son of an MLB legend to the mix at wide receiver.

Among the many undrafted players joining the Colts during the priority free-agent period is Trey Griffey, son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., according to Mike Wells of ESPN.

Griffey makes the jump to the NFL after four seasons at Arizona, where he racked up a total of 79 receptions for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns.

The production wasn’t enough to have his name called during the draft this weekend, but he proved at his March pro day that he has more than enough athleticism to contribute at the professional level.

Griffey will have a chance to make his case for a roster spot in offseason workouts and training camp.

Griffey Jr., whose 630 career home runs puts him sixth among MLB’s all-time leaders, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last July after a record 99.3 percent share of the vote.

In a move to honor their longtime superstar, the Seattle Mariners drafted Trey in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

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As the football world awaits Peyton Manning’s next move, the legendary quarterback is taking at least one semi-popular idea off the table.

Manning downplayed rumblings about a potential run for the U.S. Senate while speaking at Adobe Summit 2017 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, explaining that he simply has no desire to join the political world.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Manning said, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I’ll be an astronaut. I have no interest in the political world, but would like to continue serving communities.”

That should take care of that. But don’t expect talk of Manning’s potential future in an NFL front office to go anywhere.

His “run a team” comment was an apparent reference to rumors that have linked Manning to a prominent executive role with the Indianapolis Colts – something he hasn’t denied outright. That has to count for something, right?

Either way, the 40-year-old isn’t in any rush to settle into the next stage of his career.

“The best advice I got was to not sign up for something full-time right away that you can’t commit to,” Manning said. “I’m taking my time and seeing what my options might be.”

One thing both Manning and his fans can count on is that it’s only a matter of time until he’s enshrined in Canton, Ohio. With a resume that includes all-time records in several major passing categories, along with a pair of Super Bowl titles, Manning is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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Former first-round draft pick Trent Richardson was arrested Thursday night in Alabama for domestic violence, Hoover police confirmed to Carol Robinson of AL.com.

Police received a call at 8:04 p.m. about a possible domestic disturbance at a Hyatt hotel. Another call came in a minute later. Officers arrived on the scene at 8:08 p.m. and spoke with both Richardson and a woman who had scratches and bruises on her face.

The woman was treated by paramedics, but didn’t require any additional medical care, police said.

Officers determined the argument began earlier in the evening at a local Walmart.

Richardson was charged with third-degree domestic violence and his bond has been set at $1,000.

Richardson, 26, was the Cleveland Browns‘ third overall pick in the 2012 draft. After a promising first season, he was out of the league by 2015. His career ended after two disappointing years with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Jim Irsay isn’t shy to remind everyone he owns the Indianapolis Colts and he can do what he want with them – especially when it comes to hirings.

As the Colts search for their next general manager, it will be Irsay who will be making the hire on his own, a source told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

Irsay took his time before firing former GM Ryan Grigson on Saturday, three weeks after the team played their last game of the season.

Current Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III is reportedly the favorite to land the job. Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seattle Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer are also receiving consideration.