Peyton Manning’s neck problems, according to his former coach, Tony Dungy, began while Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts. As Dungy had told reporters, Peyton’s neck problems began during a Washington Redskins game in October 2006. The neck injury happened following a full out defensive blow that had removed his helmet, the blow was followed by a second high and intense hit. When Manning arose following the hit (according to his coach), his neck and arm were a source of obvious and severe pain. That apparently was the beginning, as once a vertebrae is damaged, it remains vulnerable and the weakness remains forever.
Forward to the 2010 and 2011 seasons when additional blows to the quarterback’s neck exacerbated his condition but here began peyton-manning’s adult stem cell victory. During those years, the reports were that Manning had sustained even more career ending injuries and the quarterback, low on options, underwent subsequent surgeries to repair discs in his neck that were pressing on his spinal cord. The neck surgeries, as most people who have undergone one will tell you, offered only a partial fix, but in Manning’s case stem cells would provide the rest.
So how dire was Manning’s condition and what would be the risk of suffering an even more serious event if he chose not to opt for surgery? The answer would have to be very dire. Particularly the way the game was played a few years ago before the league put in place stronger rules to protect the quarterback. One more severe blow could, at anytime, render someone in Peyton’s condition a quadriplegic, paralyzed for life from the neck down. We all can too well remember Christopher Reeve.