Peyton Manning, who is in contention for the greatest ever quarterback tag in the National Football League (NFL), informed the Denver Broncos of his plan to officially retire from the game over the weekend.
The 39-year-old QB has had an illustrious career, which is an understatement considering he walks away from the game as the leaders in various categories in the history of the sport; total passing yards with 71,490; passing touchdowns with 539 and quarterback wins with 186.
Manning’s last memory of football will be his title run in the recently concluded NFL season and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in winning Super Bowl 50 against the upstart Carolina Panthers led by Cam Newton.
Manning was a shell of his old self in what would be his final NFL year but winning his second title was a validation that the Broncos was not mistaken in tapping the veteran quarterback even at the twilight of his career.
“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,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in an official team statement.
“There’s no question that his work ethic is what made him into one of the great quarterbacks of all time. All the film study Peyton did and the process that he went through with game planning and understanding what the other teams did was second-to-none.”
Elway went on to state that Manning was a true leader for his team and that they are happy that the veteran QB helped them to their third Super Bowl in franchise history.
“Peyton was a player that guys wanted to play with. That made us better as a team, and I’m thrilled that we were able to win a championship in his final year,” Elway added in the statement.
“Peyton won a lot of awards and set a lot of records, but to me, what he helped our team accomplish during the last four years is what stands out the most.”
Peyton Manning, who also won a Super Bowl with his first team, the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, is set to talk about his retirement on Monday at the Denver football facility.
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