Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will announce his retirement after 18 years during a news conference Monday at the Denver Broncos headquarters, a source familiar with the quarterback’s decision told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
A month after basking in the glow of his second Lombardi Trophy and a parade through downtown Denver attended by more than a million fans, the soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback called one last audible and told Broncos boss John Elway he’s retiring. His many accolades and records include 5 league MVP awards, all time leader in passing yards (71,940) and passing touchdowns (539), to go along with his 2 super bowl rings.
For just about everyone in the league, that’s one Hall-of-Fame-caliber quarterback who won’t be tearing apart defenses any longer.
Manning owns every conceivable passing record for the Colts, from career passing touchdowns with the team to most consecutive games started by a quarterback in franchise history.
“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”, Elway said in a statement. We saw Manning decline greatly in 2015, but now the Broncos are without a quarterback.
– The fans, even those in Foxborough and, “they sure should miss me, because they sure did get a lot of wins off me”.
With a Tuesday deadline looming, it began to appear as though Manning might want to play another season but for another team – the Broncos needed his hefty salary for other players, including his replacement.
Said Mora, Manning’s first head coach in Indianapolis and the father of UCLA coach Jim Mora: “When his name popped up on my cellphone I had an idea of why he was calling”. “I think it’s more like a proud moment he made his impact on the game and he’s going out how he should”. “You don’t say Peyton Manning and I played together or that Peyton Manning was on my team”.
Manning, who was drafted by and played much of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, has left a mark on the game in the record books.
“Grateful is the word that comes to my mind when it comes to the Denver Broncos”, Manning said. A series of neck surgeries led to his departure to Denver, where Manning reached the Super Bowl twice in four seasons. “When he walked out it was like, ‘Did we interview him, or did he interview us?’ The classic question was, ‘What are the tax laws in Indiana?’ We were like, ‘Shoot, we don’t know.’ That interview was one of a kind”. Manning’s recall of defenses, situations and plays – he once gave detailed descriptions of the scoring plays of every player who caught just one touchdown pass from him – was the stuff of football legend.
“He redefined preparation”, Cutcliffe said. No matter, Manning also toyed with the 49ers, throwing four touchdown passes in a 42-17 win. “Simply put, he revolutionized NFL football”.
Ellis says Manning made the team, organization and the community better. Manning was still putting up great numbers and the Chiefs were slowly trying to rebuild with new personnel and a new quarterback.
Manning completed only 13 passes and Denver gained only 194 yards in last month’s Super Bowl victory over Carolina – the lowest yardage total ever for a victor.