Good-bye, Peyton Manning, and thanks for all the great memories. The legendary quarterback and Super Bowl champion is set to announce his retirement on March 7. HollywoodLife.com wants you to see the final farewell to one of the game’s legends so click to watch the live stream.
It’s time for Peyton Manning, 39, to ride off into the sunset. The football icon and Denver Broncos quarterback will confirm suspicions that Super Bowl 50 was his last hurrah by announcing his retirement from the game!
Peyton is going out while on top. After initial suspicion that Peyton would make his announcement at the end of Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the 14-time Prowl Bowl quarterback has decided to say good-bye. Peyton will make his announcement during a March 7 press conference at the Denver Broncos headquarters, according to Sporting News. It all goes down at 1:00 P.M. EST. so be sure you watch one of the game’s greatest players hang it up for good. See what he said by clicking here. Celebs and fans also thanked Peyton for an amazing career.
At age 39, Peyton was the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history and he seemed to know his time on the gridiron was almost up. During the AFC Championship game with the New England Patriots, Peyton told the Pats’ coach, Bill Belichick, 63, “this might be my last rodeo.”
Well, the man they call “The Sheriff” won his last rodeo. During a very emotional post-game interview at Super Bowl 50, Peyton said that the team had been “tested on toughness and resilience.” He also added, “Certainly reflecting on (his career) that helped you get to this point. I’m very grateful to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”
He’s not just ending an epic 18-year career with a Super Bowl win. He’s also leaving the game as the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards, (71,940) and quarterback wins, (186.) On top of that, Peyton’s team – be it the Broncos or the 14 seasons he played with the Indianapolis Colts – made the playoffs 15 times out of 18, according to ESPN. Though this last season was marked by his HGH controversy and an alleged sexual assault cover-up, Peyton’s final year in the NFL will end on a high note.
Peyton is following in the footsteps of another iconic Broncos quarterback. John Elway, 55, announced his retirement in 1999, after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. John was there with Peyton at Super Bowl 50, dedicating the win to the Broncos’ owner, Pat Bowlen, 71, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Are you sad to see Peyton hang up his cleats, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think this was the right time for him to retire?