Peyton Manning to retire? Not quite yet. During a press conference for the 2014 Super Bowl, Peyton Manning addressed the retirement rumors and what he plans to do for the next NFL season. According to a report from CBS late on Sunday (Jan. 26), the former NFL MVP stated that he wants to play next year. This should put to rest the stories that he might decide to hang up his cleats if the Denver Broncos add another Lombardi to the trophy case at Mile High Stadium.
When answering the inevitable question from the press core, he gave a specific answer that cannot really be debated. He stated, "I know that there have been a number of players who have walked away as champions. I'm sure that it is a great feeling for those people. John Elway, Ray Lewis did it last year, and Michael Strahan. In talking to Ray Lewis, and talking to John Elway, they couldn't play anymore. It was all they had to give."
For Peyton Manning to retire after the 2014 Super Bowl, it sounds like he would have to suffer an injury that wouldn't allow him to compete any longer. Otherwise fans and fantasy football owners should expect him to be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos again next season. Any hopes that the other AFC West teams might have had about him walking away from the game have been quickly dashed.
While it would certainly be reminiscent of when Jim Brown walked away as the best player in the league at his position, it looks like Manning has something left in the tank. With two more years on his current contract, it would also mean leaving a lot of money on the table if he courted retirement.
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