DENVER, CO—The moment the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, the sports world had one question: will Peyton Manning retire? The answer is yes, after 18 incredible years. He redefined the quarterback position by setting nearly every record, the 5-time MVP holds the record for TDs and most victories by a starting QB.
He has ridden his last rodeo. Certainly, his crowning achievement is being the only quarterback in NFL history to win Super Bowls with two different teams. He won his first ring with Indianapolis Colts under coach Tony Dungy in 2006. He was drafted into the league in 1998 and played with the Colts for a total of 13 seasons. He became apart of the Denver Broncos team in 2012, after undergoing neck surgery.
As the days and weeks went by with no anouncement, many speculated he might return for a 19th season. By riding off into the sunset now, he seals his legacy as a champion on top of his game. Similar to Broncos legend, John Elway.
For nearly two decades the Brady-Manning rivalry has captivated our attention. “Congratulations! He changed the game and made the other players around him better, it was an honor,” said Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. He is expected to hold a press conference on Monday, March 7 to make the official announcement to the public.