Super Bowl 50 was Peyton Manning’s last hoorah! The star quarterback is set to announce his retirement from the NFL on Monday, March 7, much to the shock and disappointment of football fans everywhere.
There was speculation that Peyton Manning, 39, would soon announce his retirement from the NFL after Super Bowl 50 after all but saying it in a post-game press conference, but now the Denver Broncos great is confirming it: he’ll be bowing out from the NFL, according to a source who spoke to ESPN. The five-time MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and a seven-time first-team All-Pro is retiring from the NFL, and is expected to announce the sad news in a press conference at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters on Monday, March 7.
This past season wasn’t the first time that Peyton flirted with the idea of leaving the NFL for good, but it appears that he’s made up his mind, according to a source who confirmed the news to ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen. At 39 years-old, Peyton was the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history, and it seemed likely that he wanted to go out with a bang. Fans just weren’t prepared to hear that it was really happening! He’s leaving behind a huge legacy for whomever decides to fill his shoes: he’s the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre). What a player!
Peyton was the first pick in the 1998 draft, and went on to spend 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He went to the Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2012. In his final three seasons, the Broncos went to the Super Bowl twice — and nabbed an amazing victory at Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers! The unfortunate news of his retirement was coming, though.
After the AFC Championship game victory in January 2016, as Peyton hugged New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, NFL Films cameras overheard him say that the 2015 season could be his last: “This might be my last rodeo. So it sure has been a pleasure,” Peyton told the legendary coach. Sounds like confirmation to us, sadly.
Peyton is going out an absolute legend, considered this both by NFL fans and anyone who played with him. “Peyton, he made me better. He made a lot of guys better,” former Broncos and Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley has said. “We would have made the NFL probably, but Peyton made us all better. We were more because we played with Peyton Manning. And just think about how many guys can say that.”
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