Will Peyton Manning retire after clinching his second Super Bowl title? Well, Manning has every opportunity to quit on a high note after being a shadow of his glorious past this season. But the legendary quarterback doesn’t want to rush to his retirement.
Manning wants some time to consider his decision. “I got some good advice from Tony Dungy, who’s going into the Hall of Fame and is my old coach. He said don’t make an emotional decision,” Manning told CBS after being a part of the Denver Broncos win during Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers.
Manning was emotional, reports The Guardian. “This has been an emotional week, an emotional night, and I’ve got a couple of priorities. I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids, I want to go celebrate with my family and team-mates, and I’m going to drink a lot of beer … Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is buying. Those are my priorities at this point. I’ll take some time to reflect. And I’m going to say a prayer and a thank you to the man upstairs for this opportunity as well.”
The 39-year-old Manning was not at his best this season. His offensive brilliance was lacking. The Broncos’ won the title by virtue of their impregnable defense. Many experts consider that time is ripe for Manning to hang his boots. He has 13 completions in 23 attempts for 141 passing yards without any touchdown, one interception, and 8 punts, reports USA Today. Was it really a Manning-like show on Sunday?
Really, it wasn’t. The veteran quarterback has no more motivation left. If he retires now, he would end his glorious career with an all-time record for the highest passing touchdowns and passing yards.
His mother Olivia feels Manning should retire now. “I want Peyton to retire,” she said after the game. And mom has a point.