Peyton Manning Drops Hint at Retirement

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts after beating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi
Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts after beating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi /

Peyton Manning dropped a hint that Super Bowl 50 might be his last game, endorsing Budweiser in the post-game interview.

Peyton Manning did just enough on offense to help the Denver Broncos secure a Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers. In large part, the Denver Broncos’ defense led the way, providing the lone touchdown until C.J. Anderson found the endzone late in the fourth quarter. In the Denver Broncos’ win against the Patriots, Peyton Manning made headlines with his post-game conversation will Bill Belichick, stating it might be his “last rodeo.”

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Thus, heading into Super Bowl 50, the unanimous thought on Peyton Manning was that, if he won the Super Bowl, this would be the last game of his illustrious career. While it was not a great performance from Peyton Manning, he secured a second Super Bowl title, and he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes.

After the conclusion of Super Bowl 50, reporters ran up to Peyton Manning, circling him at center field, hoping to capture the instance where Manning announced he was hanging up the cleats. Peyton Manning did everything in his power to not steal the spotlight from his fellow teammates in such a pinnacle moment of the season. Thus, he differed any and all questions relating to retirement, stating that he would think about it long and hard over the offseason.

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After the game, Peyton Manning’s mother told reporters that, if it were up to her, Super Bowl 50 would be her son’s last game. By winning the Super Bowl in his final game, Peyton Manning has the chance of leaving the game he loves on top of the world, just like Denver Broncos GM John Elway. Moreover, Peyton Manning completed what he set out to do by signing with the Denver Broncos, and that was winning another Super Bowl title.

When reporters swarmed Peyton Manning after the game, there were questions left and right regarding his future in the NFL. Peyton Manning stated that he talked with Tony Dungy about the idea of possibly retiring, but Dungy told Manning to take his time and not make a quick-draw decision. However, Peyton Manning dropped a hint that retirement is in the near future. 

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While stating what his plans were after the Super Bowl victory, Peyton Manning said that he planned to drink a lot of Budweiser. Yes, a slight reference to Budweiser is the key insight to a possible retirement. Active NFL players cannot endorse any beer companies, so while slight, many believe Peyton Manning’s endorsement of Budweiser is the tell-tale sign of him retiring after the season.

We expect Peyton Manning to take his time with such an important decision moving forward, but more likely than not, Peyton Manning will ride out in the sunset in similar fashion to John Elway. Peyton Manning, likely, has a nice hangover after celebrating, potentially, the last win (and a huge one) of his phenomenal career. Peyton Manning tied his younger brother, Eli, with two Super Bowl titles, so now, Peyton can hang his career over Eli’s head.

While Peyton Manning started out his career with the Denver Broncos on fire, this year presented some obvious highs and lows. Manning led the NFL in interceptions for the good part of the 2015-2016 season, and Denver Broncos fans called for him to be benched for Brock Osweiler. Also, Manning missed several games due to a plantar fascia injury, and he did not return to the starting lineup once deemed fully healthy.

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If it were not for Osweiler’s struggles against the Chargers in the final game of the season, Peyton Manning, very likely, could have finished out the season on the bench. Ultimately, Manning regained the starting job for the Denver Broncos, and the rest is history. Congratulations, Peyton. You deserve to go out on top.