Peyton Manning to retire after Super Bowl, 18 NFL seasons

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers will indeed be his final rodeo.

The five-time NFL MVP will announce his retirement during a news conference Monday at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters.

“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,” said John Elway, Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager. “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 played 18 seasons, made four Super Bowl trips and won two titles.

“It was a blessing to coach Peyton Manning. Nobody worked harder at the game and nobody prepared harder than Peyton. His preparation was the best I’ve ever seen with how he went about his business. There was nothing like his work habits. Each and every week, he did everything he could to get ready to play not only against the defense but even against the coordinator,” said Head Coach Gary Kubiak. “Being with him this season, going through what we went through and accomplishing what we accomplished—that was special. He and I battled together and along the way we talked about dreaming that it could end the way it ended. And I’ll be damned, it did.”

Manning leaves the league as arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game with a bevy of records and accomplishments, including:

NFL all-time record holder in career touchdown passes (539)
NFL all-time record holder in passing yards (71,940)
NFL career leader in combined regular-season and playoff wins by a starting quarterback (200)
Only quarterback in NFL history to lead two teams to a Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl XLI, 50)
Most NFL MVP awards (five)
Led teams to an NFL-record 15 playoff appearances
Most Pro Bowl appearances (14)
NFL single-season records in passing touchdowns (55) and passing yards (5,477)

Before arriving in Denver, Manning led Indianapolis to the playoffs in 11 of the 13 seasons that he was healthy.

“Our team, our organization and our community are all better because of Peyton Manning,” Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis said. “He raised the performance of those around him and raised the level of excellence here at the Broncos.”

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