After 18 Years, Peyton Manning Will Retire
When the Denver Broncos decided to take in Peyton Manning as their starting quarterback four years ago, they knew they had a chance to win a title. Manning, nor the rest of the Broncos’ organization, had no idea it would take this long, though. Most people didn’t even think he would be able to last that long. However, even through all of those injuries and tough times, they both got what they were searching for.
After defeating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, the media started buzzing around Manning on whether he would retire or stay another year. At that time, even Peyton was unsure of what the future held. He told reporters he wanted time to think about it and definitely time to enjoy what his team had just accomplished.
Well, it looks like Manning finished that beer and finally have the answer everyone’s been waiting for. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos announced that the future Hall-of-Famer has decided to retire after 18 seasons in the league. The team also announced that a press conference will be held on Monday, where Manning will personally make the announcement. The conference will start at 1 p.m. ET.
John Elway, Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager, had nothing but great things to say about Manning. “When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” said Elway. “Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career,” he added.
Peyton most certainly has had one of the most impressive careers the NFL has ever seen. Aside from making it to four Super Bowls, two with the Indianapolis Colts and two with the Denver Broncos, and winning two of those trips, one with each team, Manning was also busy setting NFL records. At his retirement, Peyton is the NFL all-time leader in wins (tied with Brett Favre at 186), passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,940).
Peyton Manning received a lot of positive feedback once the news hit surface. Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, posted on Facebook: “Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It’s been an honor.”
Thank you for the great memories, Peyton.