Win or lose in the big game, veteran quarterback Peyton Manning is ready to call it quits in the game of football after his appearance in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 8 at the Levi’s Stadium in California against the Carolina Panthers.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com mentioned the Manning retirement while appearing on a show on NFL Network on Monday.
“The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit. I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well,” Rapoport said via NFL.com.
Manning, who will turn 40 in March, has suffered injuries in recent years and retiring from the NFL will not come as shock considering the beating he had in his NFL career.
Manning, who will who will be appearing his fourth Super Bowl game after making the championship game in the 2006 and 2009 seasons as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and in the 2013 season and this year as a member of the Denver Broncos, has one NFL title under his belt winning Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, 29-17.
The 14-time NFL Pro Bowler played for the Colts from 1998 to 2011 and the Broncos since 2012. He is a five-time NFL Most Valuable Player in the regular season winning in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
In 17 years in the NFL, he has accumulated 71,940 passing yards on 65.3 completion percentage or 6,125 of 9,380 passes with 539 touchdowns (most TD passes in the history of the NFL) and 251 interceptions.
Manning’s retirement talk comes days after Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson stated to friends that he was also walking away from the game after this season.
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