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Report: Peyton Manning has told close friends he’ll retire

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In a not-so-private moment, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that 2015 may be Peyton’s last rodeo. In much more private moments, Manning reportedly has been more definitive.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Manning has told close friends that he’ll retire after Super Bowl 50.

Manning consistently has declined to tip his hand publicly, most recently in a Pro Bowl halftime interview with ESPN’s Chris Berman. If Manning is done, the decision represents a stark contrast from his mindset in November, when he was telling teammates that he intended to play in 2016.

Circumstances have changed dramatically since then, however. After exiting the lineup to rehab a partially torn plantar fascia tendon in this foot, Manning wasn’t expected to make it back to the field in 2015. And surely he wouldn’t have wanted a string of subpar performances to represent his final NFL season.

Now that Manning has made an unexpected return and an event more unexpected run to the Super Bowl, how can he top it in 2016? He can’t, especially if the Broncos win.

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75 Responses to “Report: Peyton Manning has told close friends he’ll retire”
  1. mataug says: Feb 1, 2016 6:16 PM

    It wouldn’t shock anybody, would it ? Just play as a game manager on Sunday and hope that Cam & co suffer stage fright or something similar.

  2. factman66 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:16 PM

    How close are these “friends” that leaked it to the media. Regardless, its time for Peyton to retire, he’s already proven he’s a hofer and the best QB of his generation, what’s left to prove?
    The funny part is I never really liked the guy but I always respected him. Godspeed, Peyton!

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 1, 2016 6:17 PM

    Pretty easy to make this statement without any source

  4. stoptellingmeaboutyourfantasyteam says: Feb 1, 2016 6:17 PM

    Win or lose, this is definitely his last game. I’ve spent plenty of years hating the way he and his receivers beat my team, but now I just hope he puts on an entertaining show for us one more time. May the best team win.

  5. joetoronto says: Feb 1, 2016 6:17 PM

    Of course he’ll retire, it’s all setup with the league so they can continue to sell us more bullcrap about how he’s a classy guy.

    He’s not the person most people think he is and he’s clearly lying about taking HGH.

  6. benfranklinshat says: Feb 1, 2016 6:17 PM

    After he wins SB 50.

  7. ishallcomment says: Feb 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    Dudes been playing since I was 6… Holy cow.

    Gonna be weird not seeing him.

  8. niners816 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:19 PM

    It’ll suck not having Peyton around. One of my favorite players. Football won’t be the same with him gone. I’m lucky enough to have watched one of the greats play for a long time. Always been a die hard Niners fan, but Sunday I’m going to be a huge Broncos fan. Thanks, Peyton for all the great years!

  9. vottorific says: Feb 1, 2016 6:21 PM

    Its time. Great career. Awesome player. Now, go out on top!

  10. arrogantnation says: Feb 1, 2016 6:25 PM

    Hope he rides off hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, but the Panthers are on a mission.

  11. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 1, 2016 6:26 PM

    Going out the best of his time and not known for deflating his footballs. 2-0 against garbage time Tom when it matters in the AFC championship game.

  12. jimlahey916 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:27 PM

    and then the broncos slip back to mediocrity

  13. gibbskins9 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:29 PM

    Who cares!

  14. coltzfan166 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:29 PM

    I don’t think anyone ever ruled him out for the rest of 2015 except you Florio. Kubiak always said he would be back in when he’s 100%

  15. j0esixpack says: Feb 1, 2016 6:30 PM

    I for one am pulling for Manning to go out with a win…

    Unfortunately Peyton’s record against Super Bowl QBs not named Rex Grossman couldn’t be more pitiful

  16. nflrulebook says: Feb 1, 2016 6:30 PM

    Of course he will retire. He knows he’s guilty of taking hgh and thinks that by retiring he will get the league off his back.
    Well Mr Manning, retiring and throwing your wife under the bus won’t get you off the hook with the feds, just see one Clemons, Rodger

  17. bewalker says: Feb 1, 2016 6:31 PM

    It would really be something for the Broncos to send a 2nd HOF QB into the Sunset with a RING!
    GO BRONCOS!!!

  18. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Feb 1, 2016 6:34 PM

    Hmm… he said he wanted to play at least another year and now it looks like he’s saying he is certainly retiring. Right after the HGH story hit.

    Coincidence I’m sure. Unless it isn’t.
    :)

  19. weepingjebus says: Feb 1, 2016 6:36 PM

    Best QB of his HGH generation, maybe. He was done 5 years ago when he couldn’t throw the ball 5 yards according to the Washington Post. Everything since then has been a lie.

  20. patsrule59 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:37 PM

    This is nothing but a transparent ploy to work the refs.

    Peyton is smart enough to know that the league would absolutely love for him to have a storybook ending and go out as a SB champ.

    There will be tremendous pressure on the zebras to make that happen if they really believe it’s his last game.

  21. pwb44 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:39 PM

    Apparently these friends are not as “close” as Peyton may think given that they repeated a private conversation to the media.

  22. jimnsota says: Feb 1, 2016 6:39 PM

    “By close friends” do you mean Papa John?

  23. gysot says: Feb 1, 2016 6:40 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:30 PM
    I for one am pulling for Manning to go out with a win…

    Unfortunately Peyton’s record against Super Bowl QBs not named Rex Grossman couldn’t be more pitiful
    ———————————–
    Good thing he owns brady in the playoffs.

  24. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 1, 2016 6:48 PM

    Eli Manning 2-0 against Brady in the big dance
    :)

  25. bobsnygiants says: Feb 1, 2016 6:50 PM

    so the NFL be quiet with the HGH.

  26. mmack66 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:54 PM

    bewalker says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:31 PM

    It would really be something for the Broncos to send a 2nd HOF QB into the Sunset with a RING!
    GO BRONCOS!!!
    ————————

    I agree, it would really be something, since the odds are it won’t happen.

  27. plum54 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:54 PM

    Funny how he said he would be playing next year until the HGH shipment became a story. Love how he threw his wife under the bus!
    43-8 will seem like a dream score. Interesting that the Pats beat Seattle in the super bowl the VERY next year that Denver lost 43-8!

  28. greenbaychicksarefat says: Feb 1, 2016 6:55 PM

    Peyton’s legacy: HGH.

  29. plum54 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:56 PM

    Tom Brady 6 super bowl games , 4 wins. Enough said!
    Manning 1 super bowl ring .

  30. patsfan112 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:57 PM

    It seems like every year is this guy’s last. Just announce it already. You don’t need to make it this huge deal with a special press conference and whatnot.

  31. deepizzaguy says: Feb 1, 2016 6:57 PM

    Brace yourself if the Broncos win if John Elway says after the Super Bowl “This one’s for Peyton.”

  32. mmack66 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:01 PM

    He’ll be back. He still has one meaningless record to break.

  33. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 1, 2016 7:01 PM

    He should go out as a winner. He’s only up against Cam Newton

  34. bondlake says: Feb 1, 2016 7:03 PM

    Some “close friends.”

  35. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Feb 1, 2016 7:05 PM

    Eli Manning 2-0 against Brady in the big dance
    —-
    I can’t wait to wear my Malcolm Butler jersey next time Im in Seahag country😄😄😄
    :)

  36. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 1, 2016 7:07 PM

    The only way Peyton retires is if The Broncos win the Superbowl.
    Just like other Quarterbacks he is a competitor,
    and he will probably play for another year or until the Broncos have no chance at making the Super Bowl
    Otherwise he will retire sadly after he is booed off the field. I remember when that happened to Fran Tarkington, and Tommy Kramer replaced him.
    I know I was there. Vikings fans recall him nearly as a God now.. back then, it was embarrassing to be a 16
    yr old Tark fan, and listen to it.
    Good Luck Peyton, you were one of the Good Guys.

  37. srrphoenix says: Feb 1, 2016 7:10 PM

    jimlahey916 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:27 PM

    and then the broncos slip back to mediocrity
    —————–
    I don’t think this argument has the same effect anymore.

  38. theparadoxx82 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:10 PM

    He’s going to be retired in the middle of the 3rd after his 4th turnover.

  39. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 1, 2016 7:15 PM

    I don’t think I would have a huge problem with him using HGH for a limited time to help him heal from his neck susreries. You can tell he isn’t an abuser like Barry Bonds, the guy comes into Baseball 169 lbs, and goes out a huge 230 lb. Beast.
    Or like the 70’s Steelers and Raiders that admit winning Super Bowls with most the team juiced!

  40. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 1, 2016 7:17 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:26 PM
    Going out the best of his time and not known for deflating his footballs. 2-0 against garbage time Tom when it matters in the AFC championship game.
    ——————–

    12’s, lol. Still with the Brady bashing but quite the change on the Manning assessment from after the KC game:
    vancouversportsbro says:
    Nov 15, 2015 7:21 PM
    He’s done like dinner.
    Wish it was Brady performing like this instead.

    We get that Manning had the decency to get clobbered by the ‘Hawks in the SB and mean ol’ Brady ended their quest to repeat but it’s been a year. You still mad bro?
    BTW here is this Pats fan’s Manning assessment from after that game:

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Nov 15, 2015 8:17 PM
    Guy was a heck of a quarterback for good long run. He has nothing to be ashamed of, Father Time is undefeated. I’m a Pats fan and even I hope this performance isn’t the end, that this is was because he was banged up. Good competition makes the game worthwhile and I hope for one more Brady/Manning duel.

    But 12’s are great football fans, right?

  41. omegalh says: Feb 1, 2016 7:18 PM

    Apparently, not that close.

    Let the guy play one more game without nagging him.

  42. tindeaux says: Feb 1, 2016 7:19 PM

    Cam’s gonna choke. Let’s see who’s the real mvp is.

  43. Silver and Black attack says: Feb 1, 2016 7:22 PM

    Of course he’ll retire..he barely made it thru this year and still missed 5 or 6 games. Dudes done.

  44. cowboy2016 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:24 PM

    And let’s hope ‘Omaha’ retires with him.

  45. staffordsyear says: Feb 1, 2016 7:25 PM

    Quite the situation if you ask me..he wins this game, his ineptitudein the playoffs will be saved. He loses he’ll go down as the greatest qb in regular season history.

  46. railcarcowboy says: Feb 1, 2016 7:26 PM

    The only player that I genuinely miss watching is Barry Sanders. He was as big of a part of Thanksgiving as turkey is for so many years. Thanksgiving isn’t the same anymore.

  47. sariff420 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:31 PM

    Dilfer>Marino

    Brady fans logic

  48. kev86 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:34 PM

    Peyton hasn’t told anyone. Eli said so last night. Way to go out on a limb with “friends” source.

  49. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Feb 1, 2016 7:36 PM

    sariff420 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 7:31 PM

    Dilfer>Marino

    Brady fans logic

    —–
    And yet it’s funny how the JAG QBs like the Dilfers and Brad Johnsons can never win more than one each while Brady has 4.

    Go figure.
    :)

  50. charliecharger says: Feb 1, 2016 7:45 PM

    Wow! What a career. I remember when this kid was in high school. He certainly came into the league at a good time for QBs, and he was the perfect fit for this generation. He’s a smart guy that loves to work hard and study. Come to think of it, he would have thrived in any era. Might not have put up the passing numbers, but the wins would be there. This dude is a winner! I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next.

  51. jag1959 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:46 PM

    Not to say that Manning isn’t likely to be walking away, it is certainly looking that way, but does anyone believe that Manning has even one ‘close friend’ that would be willing to even tell Ian Rapoport what time it is? Unless, of course, it served an agenda of some kind.

  52. vikingforlife says: Feb 1, 2016 7:59 PM

    I love Peyton and I want him to have a GREAT game! I do hope he wins, and for his health and his family I hope he then retires. I will miss seeing him play.

  53. jchipwood says: Feb 1, 2016 8:01 PM

    I’m just glad to see two cheat free teams in the super bowl unlike last year when the NFL showed kids cheaters do win.

  54. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Feb 1, 2016 8:06 PM

    Peyton entered the playoffs with 9 TDs and 17 INTs and a rating of 67. That’s the worst statistics for a QB sneering the playoffs in the Super Bowl era. Add that with his pathetic 2006 playoff run to win the Super Bowl with 3 TDs and 7 INTs and a rating of 70.4 and you have the two most pathetic runs to the Super Bowl for a QB in history. Is that something that one of the greatest QBs should have on his resume? Dilfer or Johnson weren’t even that bad. LOL. Those are real facts sadly. The Peyton sheep are ridiculous. Funny where’s all Peytons the greatest articles leading up to the Super Bowl? Oh right, that ship sailed. It’s Brady and ESPN, FOX sports, NFL network know they can’t sell that BS now.

  55. bobC927 says: Feb 1, 2016 8:07 PM

    I just hope he doesn’t start “Favreing”

  56. matterson20 says: Feb 1, 2016 8:10 PM

    Bad news for Carolina who has the misfortune of getting in between the league’s golden boy and a final super bowl win. This game will be called tight…on the Panthers side. Denver will be allowed to do anything they want.

  57. Blindsquirrelsfindnuts says: Feb 1, 2016 8:10 PM

    sariff420 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 7:31 PM
    Dilfer>Marino

    Brady fans logic

    6 6
    Report comment

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    The Brady/Manning debate is easily settled by asking one question. When all is said and done who’s career would you rather have had? If you said Manning you’re only fooling yourself. Pretty sure under sodium pentathol Peyton would too.

  58. riverhorsey says: Feb 1, 2016 8:14 PM

    Manning looks great when healthy and was great vs the Pats. Guy has 2 good years left and is playing for a great team. Why the hell retire??

  59. icebowler says: Feb 1, 2016 8:20 PM

    Ryan Leif is relieved.

  60. Waldo says: Feb 1, 2016 8:43 PM

    The Guy (Manning ) won’t retire he loves money too much !

  61. jchipwood says: Feb 1, 2016 8:47 PM

    plum54 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:56 PM
    Tom Brady 6 super bowl games , 4 wins. Enough said!
    Manning 1 super bowl ring .
    ________________________________

    Take away Brady/Belicheat cheating and you have Ryan Leaf and another coach that just got fired from the Browns.

  62. pedrov1 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:00 PM

    It’s time to go.

  63. lanman11 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:01 PM

    matterson20 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 8:10 PM
    Bad news for Carolina who has the misfortune of getting in between the league’s golden boy and a final super bowl win. This game will be called tight…on the Panthers side. Denver will be allowed to do anything they want.

    ****************************************************

    As much as people don’t want to admit it, this was the case in the game against New England as well. Patriot receivers were actually tackled in the open field on occassion and they didn;t even call “illegal contact.” That’s why home field was so important. You can do this for the home team. It’s much harder to do for a road team. The Super Bowl is kind of nuetral, but the whole world is watching, so it can’t get toooo bad. Most likely it happens early, to help Denver to a lead, and then they will pick their spots, in critical moments, to try and help preserve a win for the NFL Sponsors heavily invested in Manning, and of course, Peyton, so they can sell all that memorabilia and those documentaries etc.

    More HGH, Better Players……

  64. brendafortheboyz says: Feb 1, 2016 9:03 PM

    With “friends” like that, who needs any enemies??? OR….does the media make up their “sources” just to get viewership and readership?…..smh, either way!

  65. lanman11 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:06 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 1, 2016 8:47 PM
    plum54 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:56 PM
    Tom Brady 6 super bowl games , 4 wins. Enough said!
    Manning 1 super bowl ring .
    ________________________________

    Take away Brady/Belicheat cheating and you have Ryan Leaf and another coach that just got fired from the Browns.

    ******************************************************

    I sure wish we could make this an adults only board.

  66. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:10 PM

    You can’t be a football fan and not root for this guy. One of the best ever. One of the humblest ever. Sincerely, a patriots fan.

  67. denrec says: Feb 1, 2016 9:37 PM

    Most likely Rappafart realizing that there was a 50% chance that he could be right served a big pile of it up and Florio was only to happy to regurgitate it. They’re worse than two old women gossiping and spreading rumors at the church social.

  68. Big Ant TV says: Feb 1, 2016 9:41 PM

    well if this is his last 1
    it will be annoying just hearing about brady all the time

  69. eagles1960 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:45 PM

    He didn’t tell me

  70. mrloser444 says: Feb 1, 2016 9:47 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 1, 2016 6:17 PM
    Of course he’ll retire, it’s all setup with the league so they can continue to sell us more bullcrap about how he’s a classy guy.

    He’s not the person most people think he is and he’s clearly lying about taking HGH.
    —————————————————-
    Sounds like sour grapes to me! At least he didn’t break his cell phone like some other So called classy guy.
    2 questions for you:
    Does tommy boy ALWAYS break his cellphone before he gets a new one?

    And did those footballs have to do a #1 or #2 or both in the bathroom, and did they at least WIPE?

  71. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 1, 2016 9:49 PM

    He should have retired three years ago. Nuts, bolts and HGH are holding him together. He’s lucky the Broncos have such a good defense. That’s what got him where he is.

  72. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 1, 2016 10:07 PM

    … and be sure not leave any of your HGH behind in the lockeroom, cheater.

  73. jag1959 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:11 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 1, 2016 7:01 PM
    He should go out as a winner. He’s only up against Cam Newton
    ________________

    Yep. Only going up against the QB that b slapped the legion of bust and the Cards. What could go wrong?

  74. coloradotennisfan says: Feb 2, 2016 12:00 AM

    It would be great to go out a winner but the Panthers have different ideas. Pete Sampras went out a winner. He could easily have kept playing but he wisely saw the difficulty of remaining at the elite level. Everyone wrote Sampras off before his final US Open run. Win or lose, PM should retire. His age and body have caught up with him.

  75. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 2, 2016 3:24 AM

    You said:

    kev86 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 7:34 PM
    Peyton hasn’t told anyone. Eli said so last night. Way to go out on a limb with “friends” source.

    No, Eli said Peyton never told HIM. Peyton is not nice to Eli and in the interview, Eli a man of class who adores his brother, said Peyton never told him and that he does not hear from Peyton often. In other interviews, he also said he does not hear from Peyton often. As for these “close friends” with friends like that who needs enemies or it could be just marketing by the media to sell media time

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