18 years, 71,940 passing yards (NFL Record), 539 NFL Touchdown Passes (NFL Record), 2 Super Bowl wins, the list is amazing. Peyton Manning, “The Sheriff”, Mr “Omaha”, has decided to retire after 18 seasons in the NFL.
Manning is about to make his announcement in Denver today. He spoke to Broncos general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak on Saturday night, informing them of his decision. Then he took to his phone, alerting those closest to him.
Manning won a league-best five MVP awards. He s the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. Manning’s final game, a victory in Super Bowl 50, wasn’t his finest, but it provided an exclamation point to a hall-of-fame career in which he redefined preparation for his position.
Only one hall-of-fame quarterback won the Super Bowl in his final game: John Elway. Manning will join him with that honor in Canton, Ohio, in five years.
“He changed the position forever,” said Hall of Famer Joe Namath, alluding to Manning’s work ethic and film study. “No one played the position like he did.”