In a speech announcing his retirement after 18 years in the NFL, Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning said that he had “learned a lot through my mistakes, stumbles and losses in football”.
“I revere football”, the future Hall of Fame quarterback said. “Like winning at least 12 games 7 years in a row and of course winning Super Bowl XLI, and I was truly honored and proud to be a part of it”. “I hate losing. You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser”.
Manning, who turns 40 later this month, will be going out on top after helping the Broncos to a Super Bowl upset victory last month over the Carolina Panthers, the media outlets reported, citing sources close to the quarterback. “Absolutely I will”, he said. “Life is not shrinking for me; it’s morphing into a whole new world of possibilities”.
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.
“Every year, I pull for a rookie quarterback to break that record”.
Indeed, Manning choked up several times, especially when he listed all the things he’d miss about football, the flights home after a big win, his teammates. To battling against coaches like Bill Belichick and Jeff Fisher, and trying to figure out blitzes with longtime Colts center Jeff Saturday.
No one took more pride in spending countless hours in the film room than Manning.
Manning was never really a fan favorite in New England, considering his role as primary rival to Brady as the generations best quarter. “It is what I look forward to which is what he’ll probably end up doing”, said Hand.
Manning spoke for about 15 minutes and finished to a standing ovation. “I knew he felt like it was time, that he was ready to play, that he was in the right place”. “It’s time. God bless all of you”.
Coach Gary Kubiak, who won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Broncos, commended Manning for his diligent efforts through an injury-plagued 2015 season. Manning played 266 games to Favre’s 302, and he threw 85 fewer interceptions. “I’m on record as being a sore loser”, Cam said to reporters that following Tuesday. “Everyone will always have fun arguing that, but I’d stay up probably half the night arguing with them, if they wanted to”.
He got emotional when he recalled sharing some of his best career moments with family: calling his grandpa (Paw Paw) to tell him John Madden was broadcasting his game, calling Eli from the team bus on Sunday, or recapping the game with his dad.