It had to end this way. Peyton Manning goes out at the top as a Super Bowl winner as he announces his retirement from the NFL in an emotional press conference on March 7. Click here for the full details!
They say all good things must come to an end, and finally we must say an emotional farewell to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Peyton Manning, 39. The former Denver Broncos 2015 Super Bowl winner announced he was bringing down the curtain on his illustrious career at a press conference in Denver on March 7.
Now, the writing might have been on the wall after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. back on Feb. 7. However, with rumors rife that he may take up one more final year at the newly-moved LA Rams, we couldn’t have been certain this day would come. Sob.
“There’s something about 18 years. 18 is a good number. Today, I retire from pro-football ” Peyton said during the press conference at the Denver Broncos headquarters. The #18 quarterback fought back tears throughout his speech, his voice cracking with the emotional weight of his words. Peyton struggled especially when speaking about his grandfather, one of his biggest fans. Once fans heard Peyton’s speech, they sent their love and appreciation.
“Grateful is the word that comes to my mind when thinking of the Denver Broncos,” Peyton said. He added, “When someone thoroughly exhausts an experience, they can’t help but revere it. I revere football. You don’t have to wonder if I will miss it. Absolutely. I will miss it.” But Peyton said that the end of his football career is the start of something new, and he’s looking forward to the next step in his life. “I fought a good fight. I have finished my football race. And after 18 years, I have finished my time. God bless all of you and god bless football.”
"18 is a good number. And today, I retire from Pro Football…" – Peyton Manning https://t.co/u53ztqVqBE
— NFL (@NFL) March 7, 2016
It's the little things. That's what Peyton Manning is going to miss most.
Wow. Wow. Wow. https://t.co/0fGbraWrMT
— NFL (@NFL) March 7, 2016
Peyton’s announcement wasn’t surprising given the amount of punishment his body has taken over the years. His injury problems were well-documented, including multiple surgeries on his neck, which saw him having spinal fusion surgery in 2011.
Peyton leaves the game with loads of incredible moments recorded during an incredible 18-year career in the NFL. He won everything you could in the game, including 5 MVPs, two titles and broke multiple records. He retires as the all-time leader — completing 539 regular season touchdown passes and recording 71,940 yards.
It’s going to be very strange come Sept. 8 when the season starts all over again and we don’t see Peyton lining up for the Broncos. Maybe then the realization he’s gone will finally set in. Still, thank you for enriching our lives with some of the greatest plays ever. You will be missed.
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