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Peyton Manning: I’m nearing the end, so I’m enjoying it more

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning knows that his Hall of Fame career, which started in 1998, can’t go on much longer. So he wants to savor every moment.

Manning said after a cold outdoor practice today in Denver that he’s eagerly anticipating Sunday’s game against the Chargers, but he’s also trying to enjoy every day at work, and appreciate the fact that he’s fortunate to be getting ready for a playoff game on Sunday.

“It’ll be a great atmosphere Sunday playing a good football team, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than to be in that opportunity,” Manning said. “It’s certainly my goal to enjoy the preparation — not just the game, to actually enjoy the preparation part of it, enjoy being around the guys. Because certainly the light is at end of tunnel for me, no question, so you enjoy these things maybe even more than maybe you have in the past.”

At age 37, Manning obviously doesn’t have many more opportunities like the one he and the Broncos have right now. He has to hope he has three more games to enjoy, culminating in the Super Bowl, and that his 16th NFL season doesn’t come to an end on Sunday.

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28 Responses to “Peyton Manning: I’m nearing the end, so I’m enjoying it more”
  1. tvjules says: Jan 8, 2014 8:14 PM

    Class act. Hope he has another year or two in him.

  2. mncowboysfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:14 PM

    The headline Cowboys fans long to hear from either a retiring or selling Jerry Jones.

  3. dougydougdoug says: Jan 8, 2014 8:16 PM

    Is he going to enjoy his ninth one-and-done in the playoffs?

  4. 1pwrightt says: Jan 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    Regardless if you are a Peyton fan or not you have to respect his work ethic, the way he conducts himself and just the overall way he conducts himself as a pro. A lot of young players need to take a look and learn.

  5. Foremastjack says: Jan 8, 2014 8:21 PM

    God bless him

  6. bennyb82 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:24 PM

    I bet he stays longer if Denver installs a roof.

  7. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 8, 2014 8:27 PM

    Gonna be a great game. It will be cool to see how each schemes there plan being the 3rd match. Chargers are set to shock the world again this week. No one picked us to beat Cinncy and we dominated them. Being the 6th seed is not to bad. I remember watching the playoffs when we went 12-4 and lost first round. The pressure is entirely on Denver. Chargers can come in a play loose and get this win. 38-28 San Diego.

  8. truthfactory says: Jan 8, 2014 8:27 PM

    I’m rootin for him. Seems like the media and some fans are circling the wagon expecting a slip up this weekend.

    I suspect if his defense can get off the field and keep the possession time near 50/50 it should be a Broncos win. If he spends 40 min on the sideline while his defense gives up 8 minute drives over and over again like their last match up with the Chargers, it could be a long night.

  9. hawkforlife says: Jan 8, 2014 8:29 PM

    Not a homer for Manning but he’s always carried himself as a Pro and a good human being. The game will miss him whenever.

  10. mrlaloosh says: Jan 8, 2014 8:30 PM

    The Broncos won’t be in the Super Bowl this year. No defense. Millers gone Champs 100 years old, the linebackers are mediocre at best. Won’t happen. Maybe next year when it’s indoors. Maybe.

  11. youcanhatemenow says: Jan 8, 2014 9:31 PM

    The Chargers are no doubt on a roll. They haven’t lost in over a month.
    However, they have injuries on the offensive side of the ball. They’re playing in Denver after the Broncos had a bye week to prepare. Last time the Broncos played the Chargers after a bye week the score was 21-6 at halftime. I see a similar scenario playing out and no doubt Manning will enjoy the victory.

  12. sabresfanallday says: Jan 8, 2014 9:35 PM

    I think he will play 2-3 more years

  13. 2difshoe says: Jan 8, 2014 10:06 PM

    Hard to believe Eli has more Superbowl wins than brother Peyton…Peyton has a good chance to catch him this year.

  14. riverhorsey says: Jan 8, 2014 10:08 PM

    Goof for 3 more years.

  15. titaniksigh says: Jan 8, 2014 11:54 PM

    Hopefully he beats Luck and the Colts in the AFC Championship, gets another super bowl, then retires and joins the cast of SNL.

  16. natelan69 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:57 AM

    Melvin Ingram is going to end your career this weekend.

  17. zinn22 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:11 AM

    Great QBs can win games by themselves in the regular season. But its much harder for a great QB to win games in the post season when the rest of his team is bad. One plays better defenses and better teams in the post season.

    I feel bad for Manning. He has been a great player but played on awful teams year after year. Often he has been good enough raise his team up to be the second best team in football like last year but he cannot play defense and OL at the same time. In the playoffs he takes a beating and good teams can score at will against his bad defense. Hopefully he gets his second ring this year.

  18. claudibi says: Jan 9, 2014 4:43 AM

    Even as a Raiders fan, i think it will be a sad day whenever he may quit.
    Fabolous athlete, classy man.

  19. fnf417 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:57 AM

    Go Super Chargers Go!!!

  20. luckyd8402 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:27 AM

    I don’t want to watch an NFL that doesn’t have Peyton Manning in it.

  21. mayers59 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:52 AM

    Manning is one of the best, without a doubt. If he wasn’t, fans of Montana and Brady, of which I am a fan of both, wouldn’t be constantly be using the He only has ONE SB win to knock him down. When you talk about the best in the NFL, rightly or wrongly, playoffs and Super Bowls play a big part of it.

  22. jnbnet says: Jan 9, 2014 9:11 AM

    There are a lot of haters out there who should take a good look at Manning and Brady. These two Hall of famers will not be around too much longer, and the game will be slightly deminished when they are gone. Watch them and appreciate them while you still can.

  23. sportsstar4u says: Jan 9, 2014 2:09 PM

    Personally, I’m hoping he wins it all this year. I think they have a chance based on the following:

    In past years, the media has always picked whatever team he played for to go to the Super Bowl at the beginning of the playoffs saying that the team couldn’t be stopped on offense. Only then, someone stopped it and the team faltered.

    Nowadays (aka this year), the media says there is no chance because of the D. Most are picking SD or NE to beat them. Maybe this will help?

    “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

  24. jelway7 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM

    Im sick of hearing how the sorry Chargers r on a roll. They moonwalked into the playoffs by barely beating the Chiefs who btw had 20 of 22 starters on the bench. Well sorry but that “roll” ends sunday at Mile High. Broncos 45 Chargers 24. Go Broncos!!!!

  25. jasonculhane says: Jan 9, 2014 8:39 PM

    Contrary on what folks from ESPN think about Manning’s legacy and Superbowls versus other quarterbacks, I happen to think that if he perhaps doesn’t win this year he’ll still go down as the Greatest to ever play.

    Superbowls is recent memory have been diminished because of the watered down league that the NFL has become to make it more entertaining. The teams that were dominant from start to finish is what people remember in history. Teams like the 85 Bears, 88-89 Niners, Cowboys of 93, Steeler teams from the 70′s. Those are the teams people remember.

    As far as players go. Peyton Manning’s seasonal numbers will be remembered way before Trent Dilfer’s Superbowl with the Ravens, or Joe Flacco’s Superbowl last year. I know it sounds as if I’m undermining the Super Bowl but we’ve already seen how the Probowl means nothing to alot of players, so unlike years past the incentive to make the superbowl for todays player is gone.

    The Superbowl means the most to the owners, executive suite suits, billionares and lastly the cities the Superbowl is held in. That’s who really wins. All this talk about legacy is really smoke and mirrors, because the players make their money in the regular season. That’s today’s game.

    The reason why Peyton is the greatest is because he’s the face of the NFL and has been since 2004. He’s gone to 2 superbowls 1-1. And there are more quarterbacks that have played on teams that has more rings, true. But none have made the kind of impact that Manning has made on the position from his era. Arguably Brady is his only rival.

  26. jasonculhane says: Jan 9, 2014 8:43 PM

    I apologize for picking the Ravens teams. The Point I was making is Manning’s statistical numbers are so great that they will stand test of time over alot of so called cinderella SuperBowl appearences by fluke teams(not a fluke if someone does it every year)

  27. wbeck677wayno says: Jan 10, 2014 5:22 AM

    One heck of a football player and even more of a class act human being! Go get them, Peyton!!

  28. georgiefan says: Jan 10, 2014 8:12 AM

    I am not a Broncos fan, but I love Manning. However, I am very worried that if the Broncos make it to the SB, then the refs will give us one of the most lopsided games ever in terms of calls. They will be under the gun to help Manning get another ring.

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