FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Sporting Alert – Peyton Manning is determined to go out on a high, and after lifting the Super Bowl this year, the veteran Denver Broncos quarterback will retire from the football.
This is according to ESPN and multiple news outlets on Sunday, which reported that after 18 years in the NFL, Manning feels its time to call it a day.
It is understood that the five-time NFL MVP who has won two Super Bowls, will give a statement during a news conference slated for 1 p.m. ET on Monday at the Broncos’ headquarters.
After weeks of speculations about his future, Manning, according to ESPN, called the Denver Broncos bosses on Saturday night to notify them of his decision to retire.
Manning helped the Denver Broncos win the NFL’s most prestigious team honor this season, following the victory over the Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
The 39-year-old will step away from the game, knowing that he’s played four Super Bowl games with a 50-percent win ratio while being the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, with 539, passing yards, at 71,940 and one of the quarterbacks with the most wins, at 186, which is tied with Brett Favre.
“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,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said in a statement.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement: “It was a blessing to coach Peyton Manning. Nobody worked harder at the game and nobody prepared harder than Peyton.
“His preparation was the best I’ve ever seen with how he went about his business. There was nothing like his work habits.
“Each and every week, he did everything he could to get ready to play not only against the defense but even against the coordinator.”
Kubiak added “Being with him this season, going through what we went through and accomplishing what we accomplished — that was special.
“He and I battled together and along the way we talked about dreaming that it could end the way it ended. And I’ll be damned, it did.”