As we begin the festivities with the Senior Bowl on Saturday and the Pro Bowl on Sunday, I think it is essential that we all consider one thing.
In his biography of Michelangelo, Giorgio Vasari discusses the artist in unhesitatingly Messianic terms.
As the media further deepens its onslaught of football-related media, it is essential for us all to be careful to avoid doing the same.
Despite the individuo-mania of this weekend's exhibitions, this is a team game.
Discussing football players amidst Messianic implications does harm to the player, and it does harm to the team.
Let's leave poor Peyton alone from this point forward so that he can concentrate on the game. If he leads the Colts to victory, only then may we recommence the hyperbolic linguistic gymnastics.
But from now until someone is lifting the trophy, no more.