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Peyton Manning Officially Retires After 18 NFL Seasons

It was rumored that Super Bowl 50 would be Peyton Manning‘s last rodeo and earlier today we learned that it would indeed be the final game the Broncos quarterback would play in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos announced earlier today that Manning, a five-time NFL MVP, will officially announce his retirement tomorrow.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway released the following statement to the public regarding Manning’s retirement:

“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 the 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.”

Manning reportedly called the Broncos on Saturday to inform the team of his decision. The team already had the Monday press conference set in stone, but they still didn’t know Manning’s official decision.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN was the first to report that Manning was indeed retiring. The Broncos will now have $19 million more to work with in cap room this off-season.

Manning of course won Super Bowl with the Broncos giving him his 2nd Super Bowl Ring. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, three-touchdown games, 4,000 yard seasons, and wins.

Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that was sent out to the public. “Peyton’s competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation. He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community. We are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know that his success will continue in the next phase of his life.”

Manning played fourteen NFL seasons with the Colts before a neck injury forced the Colts to turn to Andrew Luck. The Broncos signed Manning in 2012.

While Manning struggled majorly in his final year, throwing 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while only having 2,259 yards and a quarterback rating of 67.9, but let’s reflect on his historic 2013 season.

Manning threw a whopping 55 touchdowns that included 7 in one game versus the Ravens in Denver’s first game of the season. He had 5,477 passing yards and a quarterback rating 115.1 with an epic 68.3% completion rating.

It’s been one hell of a ride, Peyton. Thanks for everything.

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