When Peyton Manning suits up for Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, will it be the final time he takes the field? Peyton told the New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, that his next game might be his last. HollywoodLife.com now has EXCLUSIVE details behind the Denver Broncos quarterback’s decision.
Peyton Manning, 39, is undeniably one of the best quarterbacks to ever have tossed the pigskin in the NFL. The Denver Broncos star is about to play what might be the biggest game in his career, as he takes on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But after the game is over, is Peyton hanging up his helmet for good?
Peyton seemed to confirm reports of his impending retirement when he spoke to the New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, 63, following the Broncos’ AFC championship victory on Jan. 24, according to ESPN. When Peyton shook Bill’s hand at the end of the game, NFL Films’ cameras picked up the QB saying, “Hey, listen, this might my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure.” Wow. Still, there are 19-million reasons why Peyton will stick it out for another year.
“This has been a trying season for Peyton with him having to deal with injury and the HGH allegations,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. “Many in the media and throughout the NFL have been mentioning that he should retire but his competitiveness is to continue to play, he still has a year on his contract and it will be hard to leave 19 million on the table. He doesn’t need the money but it would be very hard to retire with that much still on the line.”
Peyton didn’t mention retirement when he clarified his comments the day afterward, according to Deadspin. Instead, he said he was giving love to Bill and Tom Brady, 38, for the many years of amazing games.
“I’ve enjoyed all of them. I’ve enjoyed the rivalry and all the games we’ve been in,” Peyton added. “It’s been such an honor to play against both of them. What a rivalry. It’s been such a big part of my career. So I wanted to take the time to pass that along to them, with how much respect I have for both of them.”
While Peyton has one year left on his contract, he’s pretty much hitting the NFL retirement age. When he appears in Super Bowl 50, he’ll become the oldest quarterback to ever play in the championship game. The pervious record holder? Denver Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion, John Elway, according to ESPN. After Peyton breaks that record, will he ride off into the sunset with a legendary football career?
Do you think Peyton’s retiring after the Super Bowl, HollywoodLifers? Do you want to see him stay?