After 18 years in the NFL, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement today, saying in an emotional speech, “today, I retire from pro football”. He is also the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams, winning Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos.
“As he leaves the field for the final time, it’s not for me to say what Peyton’s legacy is, or where his career stands or what it all means”. 18 is a good number.
Manning said he’d miss the fans, even Patriots fans in Foxborough and, “they sure should miss me, because they sure did get a lot of wins off me”. “So you don’t need to wonder if I’ll miss it. Absolutely I will”. “There were other players more talented, but there was no one who could outprepare me”.
“I revere football”, the future Hall of Fame quarterback said. He had to crack a few jokes to help fight back the tears when the words didn’t always come as easy as the emotions.
He noted during the press conference that he still owns the National Football League record for 28 interceptions as a rookie and said: “Every year I pull for a rookie to break that record”.
Manning’s intellect and passing accuracy carried him though 14 seasons and one Super Bowl Championship with the Indianapolis, then four more years, and an additional championship with the Broncos.
“There has not been a guy who can say ‘I have done everything as quarterback can do (in the NFL)”, Elway said.
Monday, to open the event Ellis simply called it “a historic day” and offered Manning had “made our team better, made our organization better and made our community better”. “God bless all of you and god bless football”.
14 times, he passed for more than 4,000 yards in a season.
Favre is still ahead of Manning in most completions and pass attempts, but the newly retired quarterback was much more efficient.
“After 18 years it’s time“, Manning concluded to enthusiastic applause.
“I’m happy for him, but I’m sad”, she said. The Colts had just two playoff wins in the 26 years before drafting Manning first overall, and would go on to reach the postseason all but one season from 1999-2010.
Life is not shrinking for me, it is morphing into a whole new world of possibilities.