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Thank you, Jim.
I sure have loved playing football for the Indianapolis Colts.
For fourteen wonderful years, the only professional football I've known has been Colts football. Our team won a lot of games here. I played with so many great teammates here, and I've been part of a great organization here, an organization and a[n] owner who I respect and continue to respect.
I've been a Colt for almost all of my adult life, but I guess in life and in sports, we all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change; circumstances change; and that's the reality of playing in the NFL. Jim [Irsay] and I have spoken extensively about where we are today. And our conversations have led both of us to recognize that our circumstances make it best for us to take this next step.
This has not been easy for Jim and it certainly has not been easy for me. Jim, along with Bill Polian, drafted me fourteen years ago. Jim and I have always been close and we made a lot of great memories together. He's always been good to me, and Jim, I will be forever grateful.
This town and this team mean so much to me. It truly has been a[n] honor to play in Indianapolis. I do love it here. I love the fans and I will always enjoy having played for such a great team. I will leave the Colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude to Jim, the organization, my teammates, the media, and especially the fans.
I haven't thought yet about where I'll play, but I have thought a -- a lot about where I've been. And I've truly been blessed. I've been blessed to play here. I've been blessed to be in the NFL.
And as I go, I go with just a few words left to say, a few words I want to address to Colts fans everywhere:
Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback.
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