Peyton Manning acknowledges this could be his last rodeo

AP

Could Peyton Manning’s next game be his last?

It’s possible. Manning will start next Sunday’s divisional playoff game in Denver, and if the Broncos lose, that might be it for Manning. The 39-year-old five-time league MVP is at least open to the possibility that he might not play again after this postseason.

Asked by the Denver Post if it could be his last rodeo, Manning said it could.

I’d be lying,” Manning said, “if I said I’m not thinking about that.”

After struggling with injuries and eventually getting benched this season, Manning played well enough in Week 17 that he became the Broncos’ starter. But he surely wouldn’t want another season like this one. If Manning isn’t sure he can get healthy, stay healthy and play better in 2016, he probably won’t play anymore. His Hall of Fame career could be over as soon as next weekend.

107 responses to “Peyton Manning acknowledges this could be his last rodeo

  1. Dude has been playing since I started watching @8 years old.. Gonna be weird not seeing him out there.

  2. No denying his greatness. One of the best regular season quarterbacks of the salary cap era. 3rd highest winning percentage all time among QB’s with a 100+ wins. Manning was great to watch, the Manning/Brady games were epic entertainment, would love to see one more before he rides off into the sunset

  3. Any football fan wants to see the Hollywood ending and see Peyton ride off in the sunset like John Wayne and shut up all the haters he has here on PFT unless of course you’re a fan of another team that he is playing or just a hater and loser in life like most of the commentators on this site..

  4. Yeah, injuries are definitely part of it. I’de also be thinking about that HGH report…cause homeboy was definitely taking HGH. As a football fan, I could care less. As a Colts Fan I could care less. As the commissioner of a league that stands to make billions upon billions of dollars under the auspices of maintaining the game’s integrity/upholding the shield blah blah blah….I’m sure Roger Goddell would like nothing more than for five-head to ride off into the sunset taking those (for now) allegations with him. The last thing the NFL needs is a wide-ranging investigation into the use of PED’s by elite level players.

  5. Pregnant women don’t take HGH so Manning’s alibi pinning HGH deliveries on his wife is ridiculous. Clearly, Goodell and his henchmen are giving the pizza huckster a free pass and hopefully he will perform his typical one-and-done ….and ride off into the sunset….shilling his way through retirement….and promoting one of the products most responsible for America’s obesity

  6. His last because the feds are on to his HGH. I don’t understand why he is getting a pass. You know, integrity and all…

  7. There aren’t many better things in sports than saddling up and ol’ war horse for one last ride.

  8. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.
    ________________

    HGH helps.

    And taping sideline signals is STILL LEGAL, get your facts right.

    And physics debunked Deflategate. Crack a book. Ideal gas law predicted Pats balls should be between 11.2 to 11.5 for that game in those conditions. What was the average of the Pats balls in actuality according to Ted Wells? 11.3. case closed.

  9. Simply a smokescreen by Manning, he knows full and well, that regardless of this postseason, he will be the starting Qb for the Cleveland Browns under coach Adam Gase next season. Watch it all unfold skeptics.

  10. veddermn8 says:

    HGH helps.

    And taping sideline signals is STILL LEGAL, get your facts right.

    And physics debunked Deflategate. Crack a book. Ideal gas law predicted Pats balls should be between 11.2 to 11.5 for that game in those conditions. What was the average of the Pats balls in actuality according to Ted Wells? 11.3. case closed.
    ————–

    Delusional. Have you taken your medication?

  11. Goodell told Judge Berman that the loss of 0.5 psi was so advantageous to Brady that it was equivalent to PED use.

    So where is Goodel’s INTEGRITY of the Game, ESPN, USA TODAY, Fox News and all the haters now that it is a FACT that HGH was sent to Peyton Manning’s home !!!

    Where is the official prime time televised announcement of a $5 million dollar “Independent” investigation of PED Manning?

    Oh Yeah, his pregnant wife used it – sure she did!

    PEDton Manning should be SUSPENDED right now for the “INTEGRITY of the Game” = right Rodger !!!

  12. djaehne says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:29 PM
    Texans will help him with that decision when they wreck Denver next week.
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    Possibly the stupidest post ever not from a pats fan.

  13. Great regular season QB and really became a thorn in the Patriots side from 06-10. The neck surgeries should have been the end of him and its obvious to any unbiased observer that he used HGH to recover from them and play in Denver. I respect Peyton for everything he accomplished in Indy, despite the career losing record in the playoffs he always got his team there, which can’t be said for some of the great QBs to play this game. Should have retired years ago, now the stench of the coming investigation and litigation will linger over his hall of fame career forever, ala Bonds and Clemens.

  14. That’s code to Kubiak : you’d better not pull me out of any of these playoff games………..

  15. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM
    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.
    ________________

    Better pharmaceuticals better QB, Papa Peyton?
    How does that sound? Like hating?
    The thing is, I think it sounds as ridiculous as dissing Brady and only sais it by way of illustration. I don’t actually hold that anything has been proven or that Manning should be tarred with that brush yet because I actually watched the Al Jazeera piece. Just as I know nothing has been proven against Brady because I have read all the available documentation.

    Manning will go down as one of the all time greats and deservedly so. I hope his injuries don’t haunt his post game life and thank him for all the great games I saw him play.

  16. There must be alot of people out there comment that sure seems to be jealous of P Manning. Maybe you should have tried playing pro ball or at least been a scout since you seem to know so much about it.

  17. Peyton admitted to HGH sent to his home in his wife’s name – for his pregnant wife.

    More EVIDENCE for a PED suspension then what is needed according to NFL Commish Goodel = “More Probable then Not’

  18. The biggest forehead also comes with the biggest ego that the game has ever seen. He will try to wrangle another $12m+ out of a losing team without a decent QB. Don’t worry, he’ll be back for another season. He never says no to the money. Never, ever.

    Chicken parm, you taste so good….

  19. No, patriot fans are NOT jealous of Pedon Manning, we have the GOAT Tom Brady. As patriot fans we are disgusted that Manning has been given a pass regarding the allegations he had a banned substance shipped to his home. There is MORE evidence against Pedon than there ever was against Tom the GOAT Brady. Talk about a double standard. The NFL admitted in federal court they had NO evidence!!! Yet a banned substance is shipped to his home yet no outcry or fake $5 million investigation. What a joke!!

  20. Peyton will retire as he knows he CAUGHT with HGH. If he doesn’t he will get at least 4 games and will be too embarrassed!!
    Of course Goodell may just sweep this under the rug!!!

  21. His Hall of Fame career could be over as soon as next weekend.
    Actually, he is done already. HGH wears off eventually!

  22. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:59 PM

    veddermn8 says:

    HGH helps.

    And taping sideline signals is STILL LEGAL, get your facts right.

    And physics debunked Deflategate. Crack a book. Ideal gas law predicted Pats balls should be between 11.2 to 11.5 for that game in those conditions. What was the average of the Pats balls in actuality according to Ted Wells? 11.3. case closed.
    ————–

    Delusional. Have you taken your medication?
    _____________________

    You must be very pious

  23. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    But he did need the Refs to throw those OPI calls against the Patriots in order to get to the SB

    That SB was a ‘gimme’ against Rex Grossman and the Bears.

  24. In other words the league has told him they won’t investigate the hgh thing if he retires after this season.

    The same way they didn’t suspend Ray Lewis before the SB when he was caught red handed using deer antler PEDs

  25. Keep mouthing off, Gomer. You are not getting away with pumping HGH to keep yourself on that field.

    Goodell cannot protect you. We know the truth.

    Whether it’s deer antler spray in 2012 for Ray Ray on his way out or now, cheating with dope means you’re pathetic.

    A completely tarnished career means HGH use won’t change the facts about his awful postseason resume, as Mr “One and Done”.

  26. Pats fans, just shut.the.hell.up. We normal and rational football fans sick of your constant whining and pathetic attempts to derail EVERY SINGLE thread whining about Goodell, PSI, Brady, etc. You are easily the worst fans in all of sports.

  27. Hope he keeps taking HGH for a little while after retirement – might lessen up some of the post-career chronic pain that he will feel from old injuries.

  28. Watching Peyton Manning play in his prime definitely enhanced my love for football. The guy was a surgeon with a laser arm and threw the ball with perfect form using his whole body. He made your teams defense look like it wasn’t on the field.

    I got no dog in the race so I’m pulling for this guy. I really hope he has to get through Brady and the Patriots. Brady still has the time and arm to get another for himself Peyton deserves one more.


  29. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM
    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.”

    No, he just needed Human Growth Hormone. smh

  30. Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.

    Didn’t need anything because he seldom won the big one.

    11-13 with 9 one-and-dones.

  31. Keep mouthing off, Gomer. You are not getting away with pumping HGH to keep yourself on that field.

    Goodell cannot protect you. We know the truth.

    Whether it’s deer antler spray in 2012 for Ray Ray on his way out or now cheating with dope means you’re pathetic.

    A completely tarnished career means HGH use won’t change the facts about his awful postseason resume, as Mr “One and Done”.

  32. PAY PAY = one hit to a wheel chair.
    Sorry but true.
    Neck fusion & what?
    If you have children Payton… think of them.
    Your children feeding Daddy his baby food is NOT where you want to be.
    The game is worth it.
    The possible loss is not.
    1 man misses 1 block and your in a wheel chair.
    Love You, but get out.
    Get you things, enjoy your ring… and get into a booth and make more millions.
    I would.
    For my children.

  33. I’ve been a Manning fan(not a Denver or Indy fan) for years. I even thought he was the GOAT for a while. I still pull for Manning but I believe that pretty boy in New England is the GOAT….. Manning may still be the regular season GOAT but overall its Brady. Anyway I was as happy as any Manning fan to see him come in and Denver pull that game out. I just hope “Kubes” didn’t screw osweiler up like I feel he screwed keenum up. Don’t get me wrong Case hadn’t won a game but he was doing better than Schaub had played and was getting on a roll and his confidence was up. Then against Oakland ,I believe, he yanked keenun as soon as he could for schaub. Blowing his confidence and making him regress. For what you ask? For schaub to throw acpick and lose the game. Next time jeenum went in his confidence was gone. So while I’m happy old Mr basketball head was is back in I just hope they didn’t sacrifice brocks confidence , and career, to make it so

  34. Looks to me like he is trying to rally the troops by pulling a “Ray Lewis”. Remains to be seen if it works to get him his ring like Ray did.

  35. granadafan says:
    Jan 8, 2016 7:02 PM
    Pats fans, just shut.the.hell.up. We normal and rational football fans sick of your constant whining and pathetic attempts to derail EVERY SINGLE thread whining about Goodell, PSI, Brady, etc. You are easily the worst fans in all of sports.
    _________________

    We see posts like this on a regular basis ripping Pats fans for derailng threads blah blah blah but once again it didn’t go down that way, Pats fans are rebutting hater posts. Scroll up and take a look. The post that kicked off the BS was made by a Pats hater at 5:35. I am a lifelong Pats fan and season ticket holder since ’82, I posted something sincere and complimentary at 5:24.

    I would honestly ask any non hater, if your team was routinely attacked in unrelated threads would you react much differently?

  36. Savor the irony: a poster who anoints himself with a handle that evokes skepticism (“religion is for idiots”) is apparently a scientific illiterate. He doesn’t know how the ideal gas law works, nor does he realize that there is absolutely no sound medical reason for a pregnant woman to take HGH.

    Religionisforidiots can now take his rightful place alongside factman66, Vancouversportsbra, reality check baby, Logical voices, and seahawksboymike as one of the resident imbeciles on this site.

  37. No matter what, the NFL has been better because of PM!

    No QB in the history of the NFL has taken reading defenses to a science like Manning…No, not even Brady, who I’d imagine if he were honest would also agree.

    The question is, with older QB’s retiring, who is going to replace them? Besides Wilson, and a healthy Andrew Luck, there’s been zero competitive replacements for legit QB’s.

  38. I don’t think HGH helped his noodle arm..

    …but I do like his commercials..gotta give him his due there.

  39. No better way to bring the classless out of the cellar than to put Peyton in the headline. One and done is a team statistic BUT, getting your team to the playoffs so regularly with different receivers, coaches, and teams topped off with all the league MVPs means that all the BS negative comments are just that… BS. Aaron Rodgers is looking pretty good for the ole one and done tag too but I guess it’s just bad luck and stat padding also right?

  40. nfliferfan22 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:30 PM

    Any football fan wants to see the Hollywood ending and see Peyton ride off in the sunset like John Wayne and shut up all the haters he has here on PFT unless of course you’re a fan of another team that he is playing or just a hater and loser in life like most of the commentators on this site..
    —————————————————–
    Wrong! Football fans want to see legitimate competition where the best team wins on the field, not scripted by the NFL like a Hollywood ending. Sorry but the NFL has brought the questions of integrity and fair play upon themselves and if there’s one hint of favoritism towards Manning and Denver the stench won’t be missed by those who aren’t fan boys and oblivious to what the NFL has been capable of doing these past few years.

  41. “Hope he goes out a winner and proves all the haters that he can play in the playoffs”
    ————————————–

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    He’s had about 15 years ir so and all he has proven us that he is the worlds worst choker in the playoffs, He holds the record for one and dones. For all his greatness in the reg season, he has less SB wins than his goofy looking brother

  42. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM
    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.
    ———————–
    Well, the problem is exactly that. He’s always choked during the big ones. All his stats are regular season. The one he got with the colts, he never had a touch down against the Ravens in the divisional round(5 field goals by Viatiari) and was par at best against a terrible team in Chicago. And if we’re keeping score, that should have made last years win against Seaderall PEDhawks #5 for the Pats.
    Manning is the most overhyped player in NFL history.

  43. Manning was accused by a then-University of Tennessee female trainer of dropping his pants during an injury examination, and placing his buttocks and private parts on her face.

    That sounds bad on its own, but it gets worse: Another student-athlete observed the incident and, several years later, wrote Manning a letter, urging him to admit what he had done.

    The trainer immediately brought her complaint to the university, and she won a settlement from the school before leaving her position.

  44. skawh says:
    Jan 8, 2016 8:25 PM
    No matter what, the NFL has been better because of PM!

    No QB in the history of the NFL has taken reading defenses to a science like Manning…No, not even Brady, who I’d imagine if he were honest would also agree.

    The question is, with older QB’s retiring, who is going to replace them? Besides Wilson, and a healthy Andrew Luck, there’s been zero competitive replacements for legit QB’s.
    ___________________

    The league has absolutely been all the better for having Manning in it. Although I should imagine that if Brady agreed about reading defenses it would be out of respect, it is exactly that disagreement that validates your post. With Manning gone some of the luster leaves Brady’s star as well. They have defined each other and in doing so ignited fan’s passions in a way that few competitive rivalries ever have. To paraphrase Shakespeare ‘we shall not see their like again’

  45. It’s funny how people a handful of people don’t realize that HGH would have done nothing to help Manning heal from his injuries and surgeries! HGH doesn’t help generate nerves …. Just shows how uneducated some people actually are 😁

  46. djaehne says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:29 PM

    Texans will help him with that decision when they wreck Denver next week.
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    In the parking lot? That’s the only way the Texans will be wrecking anything next weekend.

  47. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    Great QB. Never needed filmed walkthroughs, sideline signals or deflated football’s to win the big one.
    ===============

    That’s just lame. Get you facts straight.

    And by the way, learn to spell properly – otherwise you might look like the idiot here.

  48. djaehne says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:29 PM
    Texans will help him with that decision when they wreck Denver next week.
    ________________________________________

    That would be fun, if only they were playing each other….

  49. Religionisforidiots can now take his rightful place alongside factman66, Vancouversportsbra, reality check baby, Logical voices, and seahawksboymike as one of the resident imbeciles on this site.
    ***********************************

    Creating multi usernames is easy just a fact man
    especially if you should have run the ball

  50. I don’t see the point of hating on Manning. Even if he took HGH, I don’t really care. He would be far from the only future or present HOF player who also has done it.

    I hope Manning goes out with out a career tarnishing investigation. It just wouldn’t make sense to me.

  51. “Religionisforidiots can now take his rightful place alongside factman66, Vancouversportsbra, reality check baby, Logical voices, and seahawksboymike as one of the resident imbeciles on this site.”

    =========

    Aren’t they all the same person?

  52. If that’s the case then Denver needs to acknowledge that they might have no QB next year.

    Manning retire. Osweiller leaves town.

    Lots of QB needy teams and can’t see Denver ante’ing up 20M for a franchise tag.

  53. My one hope is that Peyton follows Joe Montana’s lead, and quietly disappears from public consciousness, because I’ll tell you what: If Peyton decides to become a talking head, I’m going to need to get a bigger TV.

  54. With that comment it looks like the NFL (refs) will make sure Peyton and the Broncos will be going to the SB.

  55. I think denver will regret benching Brock when manning starts throwing picks…in the cold. If I’m a defense, I make the game plan to stop cj Anderson and force manning to throw in the cold…the guy can’t feel his fingertips in any weather. The real question is…will manning get benched in a playoff game? I know everybody wants a storybook ending with this guy but if you saw him play this year, you know that is very unlikely. And he barely contributed to the win last week. And Brock didn’t deserve the benching. Brock is the guy I go to if it’s cold. He played pretty well against cincy when it was about ten degrees.

  56. weepingjebus says:Jan 8, 2016 5:30 PM

    Why? I’ve seen rodeo clowns last well into their 50s.
    __________________________________
    You must be speaking of Tom Brady, he is the biggest clown of them all.

  57. boogerhut says:
    Jan 8, 2016 8:35 PM

    No better way to bring the classless out of the cellar than to put Peyton in the headline

    yeah there is, Mention Brady.

    Actually you don’t need to put Brady’s name in the headlines

    Plenty of Hateroids are first to bash Brady with comment on articles that have nothing to do with Brady.

    Just look at the comments her if you need proof.

    drop mic

  58. coltzfan166 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:31 PM
    Hope he goes out a winner and proves all the haters that he can play in the playoffs
    ————————
    He’s already proven otherwise, a win this year would be an anomie not the norm.

  59. Where is the outrage from the holier than thou integrity of the game squad, regarding Mannings PED use? I mean, we just had a year of bogus claims about .02 psi in footballs, we now know of multiple shipments of HGH being sent to “Ashley” Manning. Let’s get on the hate hypocrites! Oh yeah, Manning is a choker, so hate rules don’t apply.

  60. Of course this is his last rodeo. He doesn’t want to be in the NFL when this HGH deal gets a full investigation, and it will. Hopefully by the Feds, and no, he won’t be suing anybody. Cheater.

  61. bleck5 says:

    And he will choke as usual with his first opponent.

    ————————————————————

    history has proven about a million times: as soon as you start assuming stuff like that, the opposite happens

    PM is still a top flight QB… it would not be surprising if there’s another SB for them this year

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