I have had my spine operated on three times in my lifetime. Colts QB Peyton Manning also just had his third spinal surgery, destroying his team's chances of looking like a functional outfit in the process. Our spinal injuries aren't in the same place. My problem is in my lower back. Manning's is in his lower neck. But the lasting effects of our injuries are similar. And while Manning will almost certainly be able to play football again, and play it well, his neck is never going to be the same for as long as he lives, and this is why.