A billboard advocating Peyton Manning's move is unveiled alongside… (Alan Diaz / Associated Press )
A Peyton Manning photo the size of a drive-in movie screen still graces the front of Lucas Oil Stadium – site of this week’s NFL scouting combine – but for how long? The quarterback’s future with the Colts should be known within the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Dolphins fans have started a grass-roots campaign to lure the four-time MVP to Miami.
As the Washington Post’s Cindy Boren reports, fans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have bought a billboard to advertise ManningtoMiami.com, complete with a doctored shot of Manning in Dolphins turquoise and orange.
The website reads:
"Be Part OF 'The Movement' and Make History – BRING MANNING TO MIAMI – This site has been created to help influence Peyton Manning and the Miami Dolphins that 'Manning to Miami' is a movement and marriage that the entire South Florida community is behind. Tell family, friends (even enemies), tell co-workers, business associates to cast their vote and make a difference in Bringing Manning to Miami.
"How many wins is Manning worth? When's the last time we the fans have had an 'impact' quarterback? What about the most cerebral quarterback of all time?
"Get behind this movement and let your vote be your voice and make a difference!"
The website promises a list of supporter names will be presented to the Dolphins and Manning’s representatives.
Miami, as it happens, is one of only four teams against whom the Manning-led Colts have a losing record. They are 5-7 against the Dolphins, 1-2 against both the Packers and Panthers, and 7-10 against the Patriots.
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