“I fought a good fight and now I finish my football race”, Manning said.
One of the most prolific passers ever in the NFL, Manning revolutionized the quarterback position during an 18-year career that included two Super Bowl titles, five most valuable player awards and a slew of passing records.
Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts before joining the Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2012, and his much-celebrated farewell news conference in Denver concentrated largely on his time with Denver.
Manning officially retires as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.
“When I look back on my National Football League career I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my team walk away with a win”, Manning said.
Of course, we must mention it was Manning and the Broncos who eliminated Williams’ Steelers in the playoffs, but Williams also has that point covered. Though he’s recently been slowed by injury and old age, he’s won two Super Bowls over his career and still holds records for the most games won, the most MVP records, and the most yards thrown by a quarterback.
He said he wanted Manning “to retire as a Colt”. “I’ll even miss the Patriots fans”. “It’s time. God bless all of you”.
After listening to Denver Broncos general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak praise him for a storied career, Peyton Manning stepped to the podium Monday and said what everyone already knew. “There’s something about 18 years”, Manning, 39, told reporters.
“Almost 19 years ago to the day, I announced my decisions to forgo the draft and stay at the University of Tennessee for my senior year”, Manning said.
“I think it’s sad that some people don’t understand the truth and the facts”, Maning said before channeling Forrest.
And they all said they’d like to see him return to Indianapolis as a coach. Because every moment, every drop of sweat, every bleary-eyed night of preparation, every note I took and every frame of film I watched was about 1 thing: reverence for this game.
Meanwhile, Christine Brennan, a USA Today columnist who was one of the first journalists to challenge Manning’s reputation, chastised Jones’ colleagues at the news conference for not asking a single question about allegations that Manning took performance-enhancing drugs.
“I realized the level of commitment you must have to be great, watching him do it”, he said.