Mar. 06, 2016
It was inevitable: Peyton Manning to Announce Retirement Monday
It was inevitable. There was no reason for him not to retire unless he wanted to become a version of Brett Favre.
Peyton Manning--sure fire hall of fame QB, according to multiple reports will put a seal on the rumors he's going to retire in a Monday morning press conference.
Manning will leave the Denver Broncos--one of 2 teams he played for along with the Indianapolis Colts---as the NFL's all-time leader in most wins (tied at 186 with Favre), most throwing yards (71,940) and passing TD's (539).
He will also leave with 2 Super Bowl wins, both with the Broncos.
Speculation had been running rampant since the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 early in February that the 39-year old might step down. And it quite honestly is/was the right decision to do so. While still smart and able to out-think most defenses and defensive coordinators--it became readily apparent that physically he posed little to no threat.
The Broncos won the Super Bowl this year largely on the strength of a tremendously talented defense, a solid running game and just enough offense to win. Manning only was able to play in 10 games this season, he spent a large chunk of it injured. His neck injury and surgery just a couple of years ago limited his already limited arm strength and he often struggled throwing the ball long.
Recently his name has been attached to an issue during his college days at the University of Tennessee. We won't get into that, it's a minor blip on a great football legacy.
I can still remember working the 1994 Gator Bowl featuring a freshman Manning leading the Vols to a win over Virginia Tech in the only Gator Bowl game to be played in Gainesville, Florida instead of Jacksonville. Even then he was smarter and calmer than any teenager should be in that situation.
It's good to see that he's stepping away from the game now. We're guessing his "Official" retirement will be back dated to this past Friday to prevent Denver from taking a Salary Cap hit. There was NO reason for Manning to continue. He is going out on top. He's got nothing left to prove---to anyone and sticking around could not possibly have ended well.
Congratulations Peyton Manning on a great NFL career. Let it be known the battle over your next career has likely already started as the Networks battle to get you on TV and teams fight to get you in their front office.