Peyton Manning is set to make the curtain call ending his 18-year career in National Football League in style after winning two Super Bowl rings, ending speculations of another run together with the Denver Broncos.
Rumors were hounding the five-time league MVP in the previous weeks that he would play for another season and was speculated to be in talks with the Los Angeles Rams, but all of these were countered as the Broncos announced that their future Hall of Famer is set for retirement.
As reported by NFL.com and ESPN Manning is set to officially announce his retirement at a press conference and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported that Manning made known his decision with Broncos’ Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway and Coach Gary Kubiak.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement said that Manning had an extraordinary career that was driven by his talent with an incredible work ethic and unwavering desire to be the best. He added that Manning ended his career perfectly with a Super Bowl victory.
“Peyton’s competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation. He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community. We are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know that his success will continue in the next phase of his life,” Goodell said.
For John Elway, he thanked Manning for the accomplishments he has done with his career and with the Broncos. He noted that the team and the whole NFL are truly grateful for his contribution to the game.
“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. Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career,” Elway added.
Manning was selected first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts during the 1998 NFL Draft. He would start as a rookie and played for the Colts for 13 full seasons before he was sidelined by a neck injury, an injury that will leave him not playing the entire 2011 season.
After recovering from his injury in 2012, he would then join the Denver Broncos, wherein he would be referred to as one of the greatest passing quarterbacks of all time.
He has been named the NFL’s most valuable player a record five times (four times as a Colt, once as a Bronco), has been named to the Pro Bowl 14 times (a record) and named first team All-Pro seven times. As a starter up to the end of 2015 season he had a career winning percentage of .702 in the regular season. He holds the NFL record for career touchdown passes and career passing yards, achieved in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
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