Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history, will announce his retirement on Monday, one month to the day after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.
Citing a source close to Manning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the news on Sunday morning. Shortly thereafter, the Broncos confirmed the news via a statement from GM John Elway. “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,” Elway said in a team statement.
Elway added: “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.”
Manning, the former five-time NFL MVP, will address a press conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday to discuss his storied career which included 18 outstanding seasons and two Super Bowl wins.
Peyton Manning gone, start of Osweiler era?
Last season, young quarterback Brock Osweiler showed superstar potential when Manning missed game due to injuries. With Osweiler entering free agency, the Broncos are keen to invest in the 25-year-old as Manning’s replacement. “Brock knows what we have to offer. We still have a great deal of interest in Brock. We’d like to do something with Brock,” Elway said at the draft combine.
According to ESPN, Manning called the Broncos on Saturday night to inform them of his decision. Manning, who will finish as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre), hinted retirement after his Broncos won the Super Bowl last month. “This might be my last rodeo. So it sure has been a pleasure,” the former No.1 draft said after the emotional victory.
“I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career,” Broncos GM Elway concluded in the team statement.
Peyton Manning didn’t come back a season for a farewell tour, after all.