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Broncos announce Peyton Manning’s retirement

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Peyton Manning is officially retired.

The Broncos announced this morning that Manning has informed the team he’s calling it a career. A ceremony in Denver is scheduled for Monday.

“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,” Broncos General Manager John Elway said.” Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more—not only for the football team but in the community. There’s no question that his work ethic is what made him into one of the great quarterbacks of all time. All the film study Peyton did and the process that he went through with game planning and understanding what the other teams did was second-to-none. Peyton was a player that guys wanted to play with. That made us better as a team, and I’m thrilled that we were able to win a championship in his final year. Peyton won a lot of awards and set a lot of records, but to me, what he helped our team accomplish during the last four years is what stands out the most. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak thanked Manning for the one year they spent together, a year that ended with the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50.

“It was a blessing to coach Peyton Manning,” Kubiak said. “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. After competing against Peyton many, many times, I already had great respect for him. But being with him this season, going through what we went through and accomplishing what we accomplished—that was special.”

And now a special career has ended.

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  1. isphet71 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:30 AM

    Smart move. I’m sure he will do well in “retirement.”

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 6, 2016 9:32 AM

    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat.

  3. fballguy says: Mar 6, 2016 9:34 AM

    Who Favreted?

  4. cross300 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:34 AM

    Smart move.

  5. jimjim84 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:34 AM

    tebow time!

  6. theseekeroffun says: Mar 6, 2016 9:35 AM

    Thanks for the memories!

  7. buccaboo says: Mar 6, 2016 9:37 AM

    Thanks for the memories

  8. PFT's Most Moderated says: Mar 6, 2016 9:41 AM

    Congrats, Peyton. You went out on top, which is smart. You’ve had a helluva career, and you should now enjoy retirement the way you want to do it. Coaching, analyst, slinging pizza… whatever your heart fancies.

    Just don’t pull a Favre, please. Thank you.

  9. amaf21 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:42 AM

    Took long enough.

  10. araidersfan says: Mar 6, 2016 9:44 AM

    And now everyone is looking forward to seeing Brock Osweiler as the starting QB for the Denver Broncos.

    – Rest of the AFC West

  11. heeeeelzfan says: Mar 6, 2016 9:44 AM

    Colts fans everywhere thank you for the memories. Before you arrived (with the exception of the Harbaugh miracle year), things were bleak.

  12. orangeandbluethroughandthrough says: Mar 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    Thank goodness, for both him and my sanity

  13. unbridledsexy says: Mar 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    End of an era.

  14. collectordude says: Mar 6, 2016 9:48 AM

    About time, Peyton.
    Top 6 all-time QB.

  15. armchairqb says: Mar 6, 2016 9:48 AM

    Amazing career. In his prime, he was a sight to see.

  16. partmachine says: Mar 6, 2016 9:49 AM

    This guy was ok, way overrated though. Really phony personality, bad actor playing the corn-fed goober, good guy role but, people bought it all these years.

    I’m sure he’ll eventually get his ticket to the HOF.

  17. dolfan72 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:49 AM

    Say this to the jingle of Nationwide: “CALLING IT A GREAT CAREER!”

  18. jerry944 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:50 AM

    He is 3-2 against pats in the playoffs..i wouldnt call that owning them

  19. bengalsofthenorth says: Mar 6, 2016 9:52 AM

    over/under on the number of budwesier mentions: 3

  20. ajg314 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:53 AM

    I never was a Colts or Broncos fan, but he is a class act and I wish him well in his retirement. I rooted for him in the Super Bowl. Thank goodness we all aren’t labeled and judged by what foolish things we did when we were immature youths. Manning was, and is, a class act.

  21. vetdana says: Mar 6, 2016 9:53 AM

    Everything about Peyton’s Career has already been said…All we can Add is AMEN…..see you in the HOF !

  22. tncheese says: Mar 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    I wish he could retire as a Colt. Godspeed, Peyton.

  23. psj3809 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    Always a sad moment when a great QB who you’ve followed for years retires. Big loss to the NFL but its good Peytons going off on a high.

    A great great QB

  24. MostlyRight says: Mar 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    Chicken parmi tastes so good.

  25. intrafinesse says: Mar 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    Smart move BUT it would have been better if he announced it a week or two earlier, instead of dragging it out to the wire.

  26. drgfri says: Mar 6, 2016 9:55 AM

    HGH sure can elongate a career.

  27. thisonesforpat says: Mar 6, 2016 9:56 AM

    Thank God for the right decision.

  28. milehipigskin says: Mar 6, 2016 9:58 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:32 AM

    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat.
    ================================
    Check the records Idiot, the Patriots own him.
    4 rings and counting!!! No asterisks!!! Choke on it hater!! AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  29. 12brichandfamous says: Mar 6, 2016 10:02 AM

    Peyton Manning defines greatness. He is the Babe Ruth of this generation.

  30. pghguyy says: Mar 6, 2016 10:04 AM

    Best qb to play the game.

  31. truthfactory says: Mar 6, 2016 10:04 AM

    Congrats to Peyton, heck of a career and is definetly on the Mount Rushmore of QB’s.

    Took 2 different teams to 4 Super bowls with 4 seperate head coaches. He revolutionized the game and he WAS the system. Best of luck in retirement PM.

  32. mazenblue says: Mar 6, 2016 10:06 AM

    This frees him up to go get an endorsement at Lipton.

  33. ikeclanton says: Mar 6, 2016 10:09 AM

    The guy rewrote the offensive record books, and went out a champion. A few too many “one and dones” but 2 SB titles with two different teams isn’t too shabby at all.

    Somewhere in the top 5 all time behind Montana and Brady.

  34. thesmartest1 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:09 AM

    The best! Enjoy it.

  35. dolfan72 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:10 AM

    He’s going to move to Omaha?

  36. jag1959 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:17 AM

    Undeniably among the best of his era. It was a pleasure watching him play.

  37. thegonz13 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:17 AM

    Smart move and well deserved, although I think he dragged it on a little too long.

    Incidentally, does anyone remember that back in 1998, a debate raged on among so-called “draft experts” as to who was the better quarterback between Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf?

  38. donatocha33 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:17 AM

    What a relief, glad he made the right choice. One of the best ever.

  39. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 6, 2016 10:18 AM

    Peyton, for all of the jokes we cracked about you, you were always a class act. Thanks for making the NFL enjoyable to watch, and Sunday afternoons will never be the same without you.

  40. lambeaudungbarn says: Mar 6, 2016 10:20 AM

    One of the good guys, Thanks for the memories.
    Good luck in your Coaching carreer

  41. getonyourkneeskissthefiverings says: Mar 6, 2016 10:22 AM

    He was a rookie when I was in 8th grade. Guess this is the last of the 90’s players. Peyton, Charles Woodson, Kobe you will be missed

  42. magnumpimustache says: Mar 6, 2016 10:24 AM

    Once he retires he can get all the HGH injections he wants.

    He will be back in the super bowl in 2018.

    Plus he needs to focus his efforts on defending abuse claims.

  43. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 6, 2016 10:25 AM

    So, he went out a cheater AND a pervert. Typical Colt or Bronco.

  44. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2016 10:25 AM

    He’s special in a throwing his wife under the bus, using HGH, sexual assault, stealing NFL records kinda way.

    That’s how he’s special.

  45. heisthejuan says: Mar 6, 2016 10:27 AM

    Respect to 18 from Pats Nation. So many great games,

  46. 44mpo says: Mar 6, 2016 10:29 AM

    Loved him as a Colt.
    A shame he had leave a donkey.

  47. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    Congratulations Peyton! Thanks for years of great entertainment. You got pretty close to perfection.

  48. lrical says: Mar 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    No more Peyton in madden.

  49. doctormantistoboggan says: Mar 6, 2016 10:45 AM

    The greatest professional athlete in sports history.

    And it’s not even close.

    Lord Manning stands alone.

  50. irishmanknowsall says: Mar 6, 2016 10:47 AM

    Within the sports world, he did good.
    Still waiting for his contributions to our society. We keep putting people good with balls, up on pedestals, over-paying them, idolizing them, hanging on their every word.

    Meanwhile, soldiers retire every month, anonymously, just like their careers, dedicated to protecting our society.

    Meanwhile, teachers hit the trenches daily, working in anonymous, poor conditions for decades, then retire quietly without fanfare.

    Without teachers, without soldiers, Mr. Manning wouldn’t be awash in dollars, accolades, glory, et al.

    Our societal priorities are indeed, all screwed up.

    No doubt lots of thumbs-down coming, but that’s okay.

  51. JMRA says: Mar 6, 2016 10:49 AM

    Congratulations to the greatest QB ever to do it from the months of September to December.

  52. scrock25 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:56 AM

    GOAT

  53. revren10 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:59 AM

    Most one and dones in playoffs. Sexually assaults women and cheated with hgh. That will be his legacy top five QB but no where near the best

  54. tim2200 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    Two years too long. Buh Bye!!!

  55. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Mar 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    I guess no 20 million dollar witch hunt then ?

  56. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Mar 6, 2016 11:07 AM

    It was a special 4 years and was an honor to have him play for the Broncos.
    Any football fan who really appreciates the game has to be a little sad knowing we will never hear Omaha! again or see another Manning Brady game. It’s been a pleasure to watch one of the all time greats for 18 years. Good luck to Manning in whatever he decides to do next.

  57. thetooloftools says: Mar 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    This announcement was brought to you by Papa John’s, Budweiser, Nationwide Insurance and whatever else he’s pimping.

  58. nightryder10 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    Smart decision.
    Go out on top, avoid a year full of HGH and teabag questions.

  59. weepingjebus says: Mar 6, 2016 11:15 AM

    Such an amazing NFL player that his head, hands and feet are 2 inches bigger than when he entered the league, due to all the knowledge he absorbed.

  60. FlintBeastwood says: Mar 6, 2016 11:25 AM

    He will come out of retirement and take over Alex Smiths job because anyone could take it at this point.

  61. doubleogator says: Mar 6, 2016 11:25 AM

    Yay !!!

  62. jlbay says: Mar 6, 2016 11:25 AM

    Now you can get back to planting your nuts on the face of unsuspecting women everywhere.

  63. purpleguy says: Mar 6, 2016 11:26 AM

    I guess the “hot take” factory no longer needs to put in any more overtime.

  64. shadywarrior says: Mar 6, 2016 11:35 AM

    Pats fan here, so obviously Peyton has been a pesky rival to my boys, but the day has come where I can just tip my cap to the man on a great career. I’ll always think Brady got the upper hand overall, but man did we have some epic battles with him. Post-2000s Pats fans aren’t used to fearing many players or teams, but Peyton was one of the select few that you knew could give you a game, and maybe take you out behind the woodshed if he got hot. This run the Pats and Brady have been on, I know I’ll never see anything like this again in my lifetime, and honestly, this whole thing wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun without Peyton and the Colts and even the Broncos towards the end. We talked a lot of trash about him, his iffy postseason record, his goofy country yokel persona, his giant forehead, his “Manning-face” when things didn’t go as well as he planned…but all in all, we wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t ultimately respect the guy. Congrats on a first-ballot HOF career, Peyton. Put your feet up, you earned it.

  65. whodey420 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:38 AM

    araidersfan says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:44 AM
    And now everyone is looking forward to seeing Brock Osweiler as the starting QB for the Denver Broncos.

    – Rest of the AFC West

    What would be even funnier is if Osweiler signed
    elsewhere. :)

  66. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Mar 6, 2016 11:39 AM

    Armstrong, Bonds, Manning. Sorry, fact not opinion.

  67. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:41 AM

    Most overrated quarterback in NFL history so many great QB’S far ahead of Mr 9 times one and done in the postseason.
    Good riddance. :)
    Brady far superior, rings do not lie.

  68. thermanmerman99 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:50 AM

    Oh no! What will patriot fans have to whine about now? No more Manning articles will destroy their offseason of trolling.

  69. uglydingo says: Mar 6, 2016 11:51 AM

    I can’t understand all the groundswell of emotion and sentiment that Peyton’s retirement has aroused. Announcers on radio are distraught that he is leaving the game, even though it was predictable. He was a very great player who played until he was nearly 40 and got extremely well paid.
    All great players eventually hang up their cleats.

  70. animalkindness says: Mar 6, 2016 11:54 AM

    If you can’t write a compliment why not just stay off the site?

  71. jjbadd385 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:56 AM

    I have been reading the posts on here, & I get what Manning may oray not have done in college was inappropriate, but come on guys, I know I have done some pretty messed up stuff as an immature 18 or 20 yr old…or 25 even. So I think as the years have passed he has shown, that he is NOT that guy from his youth. I have nothing but respect for the guy, he has earned it. Best Wishes to the Sherriff. Thank you for 4 years of joy….

  72. bigbensbathroomseed says: Mar 6, 2016 12:05 PM

    One of the best quarterbacks to ever play and an awesome fantasy QB. Even when he tossed multiple INT’s he would get you positive points. That is hard to do consistently in the fantasy realm.

  73. directdriver says: Mar 6, 2016 12:12 PM

    Mt. Rushmore of the Super Bowl era
    in no particular order:

    Montana
    Brady
    Peyton
    Elway

  74. leatherface2012 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:14 PM

    right now he is looking to put up a billboard on his forehead. just kidding. all packer fans think rodgers has more passing records

  75. listenup823 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:18 PM

    milehipigskin says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:58 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:32 AM

    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat.
    ================================
    Check the records Idiot, the Patriots own him.
    4 rings and counting!!! No asterisks!!! Choke on it hater!! AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    ##############################
    The *Patriots have never beaten anyone in the Superbowl by more than 4 points..Each victory was a squeaker and a nail biter down to the wire. Fortunately for Billacheat, his opponents in each of those Superbowl’s made critical mistakes in crucial moments of the game to hand victories, gift wrapped to the *Patriots. 4 rings yes, but just by the skin of their teeth…

  76. whodatnhollywood says: Mar 6, 2016 12:19 PM

    About time!

  77. barryblogs says: Mar 6, 2016 12:23 PM

    One of the greatest ever. As a Patriots fan, he always scared me and it was the greatest rivalry whenever he and Brady went at it. Who’s better? Who cares? They are right there with Unitas and Montana as greatest ever. It was a great run and he changed the modern quarterback position. “Omaha”…. Well done Peyton.

  78. wolverineinnc says: Mar 6, 2016 12:23 PM

    Huge Brady fan here, but congrats to Peyton for several reasons:

    1. Made the right decision… didn’t try to milk another year out of a tired, old body;

    2. Seems to me to be a classy guy, who has always been well-liked by his teammates and coaches;

    3. Nice to see the MUTUAL respect he and Brady have for each other.

    Seems like, IF he wanted it, he could be a hell of a great coach in college OR the NFL!

    Congrats on a great career!

  79. zen619 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:25 PM

    milehipigskin says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:58 AM

    Check the records Idiot, the Patriots own him.
    4 rings and counting!!! No asterisks!!! Choke on it hater!! AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    I’m not a Manning fan or a Patriot hater, so I have no dog in this race really, but I did check the records:

    Manning was 3-2 against the Pats in the play-offs, and 3-1 against the Pats in the AFC championship game.

  80. terry1824 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:25 PM

    BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap | Mar 6, 2016, 11:39 AM EST
    Armstrong, Bonds, Manning. Sorry, fact not opinion.

    How is manning on that list a fact? What facts do you have that nobody else knows about? I sure hope you’re not envolved in law of any sorts.

  81. lemmetalkwouldya says: Mar 6, 2016 12:27 PM

    It’s the only move he could make, really.

    Retire, and go out with a Super Bowl win, and be remembered fir that instead of how bad he looked back in the fall

    or

    Be remembered as a guy who was lucky to squeak out a Super Bowl win without contributing, and then was so bad that no other team wanted him when he couldn’t know when to hang ’em up.

  82. doggeatdogg says: Mar 6, 2016 12:28 PM

    Good luck sir,

  83. a1b24312 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:28 PM

    On Tyesday, he’ll be named either Prez ofvthe Cleveland Browns or tge new AD at Tennessee (lol).

  84. godenbroncos says: Mar 6, 2016 12:30 PM

    It was a pleasure to see greatness from both sides. As a Bronco fan, Peyton broke our hearts in the playoffs many times.

    It was one of the more exciting, and fun times, when he came here to play. Anyone who says he was a complementary player this year, missed watching this team come together because of his professionalism, and team orientation.

    Thank you 18. It was a career full of great moments.

    GoDenBroncos

  85. terry1824 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:30 PM

    barrymichaels61 | Mar 6, 2016, 11:41 AM EST
    Most overrated quarterback in NFL history so many great QB’S far ahead of Mr 9 times one and done in the postseason.
    Good riddance.:)
    Brady far superior, rings do not lie.

    So… By your logic Charles Haley is the greatest defensive player of all time?? 5 rings. “The don’t lie”.

  86. jjmurphy1127d says: Mar 6, 2016 12:35 PM

    Congrats sir! Great career. As a Boston/NE fan, you are in a special place of great rivals we always respected and feared – with Derek Jeter, Magic Johnson, Guy LaFleur, etc.

    Easily top 5-10 QB of all time and likely top 3-5 only behind likes of Montana, Brady…

  87. gregbeau says: Mar 6, 2016 12:39 PM

    It get a little bit of a Green Bay/Farve feeling on this one. Might not have seen the end of him yet. But hopefully he will sign with CBS and take over the analyst seat from Simms.

  88. Secret says: Mar 6, 2016 12:42 PM

    About about time. Wasn’t as classy as everyone thought (I feel so sorry for that poor trainer), more probable than not he took HGH, therefore a cheater. Still everyone recognizes him as a good football player. Thanks for all the memories. Will be second best of all time. Brady will always be GOAT.

  89. nodindenver says: Mar 6, 2016 12:52 PM

    Great ride Sheriff! Home games over the last four years have included some incredible performances and provided memories that will last a lifetime for my family and friends. Say what you want Pats fans/PM haters, the guy can flat-out play the game of football and his epic games vs TB/Pats will be talked about and argued about for many years to come. The back and forth between Broncos and Pats fans is all in good fun but, us Bronco fans would lack a leg to stand on without the efforts of The Sheriff. On another note, I can’t remember witnessing a Pats win locally and do not expect to see one next year without PM:)

  90. Patskrieg says: Mar 6, 2016 12:57 PM

    43-8

  91. lemmetalkwouldya says: Mar 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    listenup823 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 12:18 PM

    The *Patriots have never beaten anyone in the Superbowl by more than 4 points..Each victory was a squeaker and a nail biter down to the wire. Fortunately for Billacheat, his opponents in each of those Superbowl’s made critical mistakes in crucial moments of the game to hand victories, gift wrapped to the *Patriots. 4 rings yes, but just by the skin of their teeth…

    ———————————————————
    First of all, you are confusing skill, with “luck”.

    Was it “luck” that Browner and Butler recognized a pick play at the goal line, and intercepted the pass to win the game?

    Second, I don’t care how many you points you won a Super Bowl by; you WON A SUPER BOWL!!!!

    Third, if you want to play that game, how many points did they LOSE each of those Giants SB’s by???

    Throw your grapes in the trash, buddy, they’re SOUR. 😉

  92. rc33 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    He was something to watch in his prime.
    But did he really have any other option than to retire? It’s pretty apparent no one wanted him for anything other than a back up role.

  93. amadorcountyca says: Mar 6, 2016 1:08 PM

    Great player, great spokesman, bad guy whose carefully crafted public image is a sham.

  94. mikeytoth says: Mar 6, 2016 1:13 PM

    Good riddance cheater!!

  95. colt13 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Mar 6, 2016 10:04 AM
    Congrats to Peyton, heck of a career and is definetly on the Mount Rushmore of QB’s.

    Took 2 different teams to 4 Super bowls with 4 seperate head coaches. He revolutionized the game and he WAS the system. Best of luck in retirement PM.

    Love that stat, since I use it for Kurt Warner reaching 3 Super Bowls with 3 different coaches.

    Probably the best ever in preparing for a game.

  96. a1b24312 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:23 PM

    Kubiak’s about to learn what his coaching mentor. El Shanny, went through. No HoF QB, hmmm…..

  97. jsm11 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:26 PM

    Eli finally explodes in joy.

  98. cb3313 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:26 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:32 AM
    Greatest of all-time.

    Owns the cheats in the playoffs.
    Holds all the records.
    Doesn’t cheat.
    _____________________________________
    Wow!…2nd post on this thread and a Troll sticks their head out…

    The Patriots are in your kitchen and eating you out of house and home. Poor Troll…

  99. dejc421 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:33 PM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Mar 6, 2016 10:45 AM

    The greatest professional athlete in sports history.

    And it’s not even close.

    Lord Manning stands alone.
    ————————-
    Great player, great career, but bit of a stretch … don’t you think?

  100. godenbroncos says: Mar 6, 2016 1:36 PM

    Patskrieg says:
    Mar 6, 2016 12:57 PM
    43-8
    _________________________________

    LOL 20-18

    Denver has been NE’s nemesis ever since Shannon Sharpe’s call to the president. Any real Patriot fan will acknowledge unless they’re so far in denial they think Brady may still pull out the AFC Championship.

    I’m not taking shots, I respect NE’s greatness…it’s undeniable. But no NE fan wants to come to Denver.

  101. cb3313 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:39 PM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 11:50 AM

    Oh no! What will patriot fans have to whine about now? No more Manning articles will destroy their offseason of trolling.
    _____________________________________

    Said the Troll trolling…

  102. sportsfan18 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:30 PM

    jerry944 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 9:50 AM

    He is 3-2 against pats in the playoffs..i wouldnt call that owning them
    ===================================

    Peyton is 3 & 1 vs. both Tom Brady and the Pats in AFC Championship games.

    So, with advancing to the Super Bowl on the line, he beat them 75% of the time.

    And folks say Peyton is a great regular season QB only…

    Tom did well against everyone other than Peyton in the playoffs…

    Had Tom seen Peyton in a few more AFC Championship games, Tom would have fewer Super Bowl appearances and wins…

  103. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 6, 2016 2:38 PM

    Great career! Enjoy retirement!

    – Pats fan

  104. coloradotennisfan says: Mar 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    It is rare to finish on top. Peyton Manning joins John Elway and Pete Sampras among others. All incredible champions. Perhaps PM had a change of heart after rumors indicated that he was not going to retire. His regular season performance was the best of all time. His playoff performance was somewhat under expectations although two rings is a great haul. Congratulations on a superb career!

  105. d1l2g3 says: Mar 6, 2016 3:08 PM

    I wonder if he is going to sign the one-day contract with the colts to officially retire as a colt.

  106. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 6, 2016 3:20 PM

    cheater
    legacy tarnished forever

  107. fanboyarmy says: Mar 6, 2016 3:48 PM

    To the Haters. Not only did Manning own your team on the field, he still owns your head off the field. LOL!

  108. bosco264 says: Mar 6, 2016 3:51 PM

    Who’s Butt is Papa John going to kiss now!

  109. daytontriangles says: Mar 6, 2016 4:05 PM

    A smart move. Peyton has done all he needs to do to secure his legacy. Now he needs to stick to his guns and enjoy his retirement.

  110. zen619 says: Mar 6, 2016 4:12 PM

    sportsfan18 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 2:30 PM

    And folks say Peyton is a great regular season QB only…

    Tom did well against everyone other than Peyton in the playoffs…

    Had Tom seen Peyton in a few more AFC Championship games, Tom would have fewer Super Bowl appearances and wins…

    The whole, “Manning sucks in the play-offs” thing has always been BS. Manning played on teams in Indy that, with the exception of the 2006 Bob Sanders D, didn’t have championship caliber defenses, and often, not even play-off caliber defenses. It was the offense that carried those teams into the play-offs every year.

    Manning’s personal performance in the play-offs is about the same as Brady’s. His career play-off QBR is 87.4 – Brady’s is 88.0. Their INT rate is the same – 2.4. That includes the play-off stats from the last 2 years, in which Manning’s performances weren’t great, obviously. Before 2014, though,. Manning’s career play-off passing was better than Brady’s.

    I don’t think the ring argument is a very good one, as someone else said, if that’s the argument, then Charles Haley is the GOAT. It’s a team sport. Brady fans like to point out the 4 rings, and at the same time point out that Peyton’s second ring was undeserved because he was carried by the defense. Well, the same is true of Brady’s rings. All four were very close games – two of them were won by Vinatieri’s leg, the other two were won with last second interceptions.

    Brady performed well in those games, but all of them came down to four single plays made by the kicker or the defense. If Vinatieri misses -no rings. If Butler doesn’t snag that pass in the end zone – no ring. If the defense doesn’t hold Philly’s last drive, capped by that Harrison interception with 9 seconds – no ring.

    It’s a team sport. Brady won 4 rings, but HE didn’t win them, his team won them – same with Manning and his rings. If Manning played for NE instead of Indy, he’d likely have 4 rings. If Brady played for Indy, he’d likely have 1 ring. The number of rings doesn’t make one player better than another – Haley wasn’t better than Reggie White and Bruce Smith, and Jim Plunkett wasn’t better than Dan Marino.

  111. vikingforlife says: Mar 6, 2016 5:16 PM

    I don’t care what ANY of the negative posts here say. I absolutely love Peyton Manning and I wish him well in his retirement. He will always be considered one of the greats, he is a legend, and no matter what no one can deny that he is the MOST intelligent QB to EVER play the game. I am thrilled that he was able to win one more ring before this day came. Good for you, Peyton!!!

  112. kensilisacrook says: Mar 6, 2016 5:17 PM

    Manning was 3-2 against Brady in the playoffs, 6-11 overall. Not even close to “owning” him. Lol!

  113. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:45 PM

    I will miss watching him play he may not have always had the best arm but he was by far the smartest guy to ever take a snap.

    But Eli will win one more ring and hold the family record for rings

  114. bumblebeebud says: Mar 6, 2016 6:17 PM

    @barrymichaels61 Brady is the best system-quarterback ever. Even Cassel was successful playing for Belichick. Let’s see him do it under another regime…especially one that doesn’t resort to cheating to succeed.

  115. ikeclanton says: Mar 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    Here come all the predictable usual suspect bobbleheads with comments on Brady that sound idiotic when it’s a thread about Manning’s well-deserved retirement…

    System quarterback–dumbest one ever. Copy the system then, if it’s the most legendary winning system of the modern era…oh wait, you can’t because you don’t have a Tom Brady leading it. Whoops!

    Only won the 4 Super Bowls by a few points each–yeah, historically, that’s what WINNERS do. They win close games, and Brady has won more of them than anybody. You think the losing team on the other side is chopped liver? It’s the SUPER BOWL, not pounding the crap out of the Bills in October or something.

    The game is 60 minutes and not a lucky kick at the end. You get “lucky” enough times, and I’ll show you the better team. These chances usually go to the better players and teams that put them in that winnable position.

    The fact that you can’t stand Brady so much only proves all of these points. He and the Pats dominate every thread and keep you knucleheads frustrated.

    Good–there are a number of more years for you to whine about it coming up for you. They’re favorites yet AGAIN.

  116. jackfan2 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:03 PM

    He’said the GOAT, and it isn’t really close. I wish he were a Democrat so I can support him going forward, but I fear he’s retiring so he can emerge st a brokered convention to save the silly Republicans. That would be the only time I would ever vote against PFM winning anything.

  117. zen619 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:19 PM

    ikeclanton says:
    Mar 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    Only won the 4 Super Bowls by a few points each–yeah, historically, that’s what WINNERS do. They win close games, and Brady has won more of them than anybody.

    Well, I think the point of those types of comments is that Brady wasn’t the player that won those games for them. All of those games were out of his hands. They all came down to one final play, and he wasn’t even on the field for any of the decisive plays.

    It would be different if he threw the winning TDs on the final plays of those games, then you could give him credit for winning those games – or if his offense outscored their opponents such that the game didn’t come down to the final play or didn’t have to be saved by the defense or a last second clutch FG, then you could say his play won the games for them – but that’s not what happened.

    He was a good QB on good teams with a great coach, but none of those games were the classic game-winning drives that make the QB the hero. Now, it’s just enough that there was a QB and he’s automatically the hero, and because the game was a championship, that means he’s the best at his position.

    because you don’t have a Tom Brady leading it.

    Do you think Brady would have won four rings had he not played in NE? If not, then it’s not the QB, it’s the team (or more likely, the coach). Do you think Belichick would not have won four rings with another QB, say Manning or Brees?

    NE went 11-5 with Matt Cassell when they lost Brady for ’07. When Brady returned in ’08, they went 10-6. Indy went 10-6 in ’10, and dropped to 2-14 when they lost Manning for ’11.

  118. luvpeytonmanning says: Mar 6, 2016 9:11 PM

    NFL career passing touchdown record: 539
    Most passing yards, career: 71,940
    Single season touchdown record (2013): 55
    Most passing yards, season (2013): 5,477
    Most wins (including playoffs): 200
    Most games throwing for 300+ yards: 93
    Most passing touchdowns in a single game (tied, 2013): 7
    Most games with a passing rating higher than 105: 97
    Most games with a perfect passer rating of 158.3: 5
    Most seasons with 350+ completions: 10
    Most games completing 80-percent passing: 19
    Most game-winning drives: 56
    Most comeback wins: 45
    Highest completion percentage in a postseason game with 450+ yards (2005): 81.8
    Highest yards-per-game, season (2013): 342.31
    Most games with 4+ touchdown passes: 25
    Most seasons passing for 4,000+ yards: 14
    Most consecutive seasons with 25+ touchdowns: 13
    One of two quarterbacks to ever beat all 32 teams (along with Brett Favre)
    First quarterback to beat 31 franchises: 2007
    Most Associated Press NFL MVP awards: 5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013 AND THAN SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS OVERRATED. THEY ARE CRAZY

  119. kudzuwish says: Mar 6, 2016 9:22 PM

    Brady Vs. Peyton was always classic, must watch TV. Great career and it was fun watching while it lasted. Heard some funny stories about him while I was living in Knox.

    One story was from a friend I knew who went to UT while Peyton was there. He was a big dude that worked as a bouncer at nights. He had to work late at the club he bounced at and caught a few winks, then was late for his early class. He was running to class, turned a corner, and slammed straight into Manning and they both fell. Manning’s entourage immediately were going to go after my friend, but Peyton stopped them and actually helped him up and picked up his books. Peyton shook his hand afterwards. A-not-interesting-story but it gave me a quiet admiration for him after I heard it. Favre was still better, haha.

  120. jackfan2 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:27 PM

    Here here to the last 2 posts! But you left off only QB to take multiple teams to multiple SBs, first to win SB for 2 teams (as starting QB) and my favorite, perfect QB ratings in playoff games. He is football’season Gretzky and Ruth; he is unquestionably the GOAT, and IT IS NOT CLOSE!

  121. jjackwagon says: Mar 6, 2016 9:40 PM

    The first QB to win a SB with more than one team…okay great…but let’s not get carried away. Do you really think he’s the reason the Broncos won the SB?!?!

  122. kahunanc says: Mar 6, 2016 9:45 PM

    Congrats # 18. I see #18 and Farve as rough equivalents. Montana and Brady one notch above.

  123. jackfan2 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:13 PM

    Wrong, Montana and Brady are a couple notches below. Dink and dunk QBs for most of their careers. I would take Manning first, then Montana, Farve, Marino, Brady, in that order.

  124. directdriver says: Mar 6, 2016 11:49 PM

    Some people have issue with dink and dunk style of quarterbacking? If you’re winning the game, why would you care? Meathead.

  125. 1historian says: Mar 7, 2016 7:11 AM

    The last train out of Omaha leaves today

    Thanks, #18

    A Pats fan

  126. sailbum7 says: Mar 7, 2016 10:19 AM

    It is good see him going out while he is still at the top of the game. To many elite athletes try and hang on for too long and end up making themselves into a joke.

  127. dangel61 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    What a Me Monster. Reciting his stats from his 4 years in Denver.

    I like the dude but how self absorbed do you have to be to list your ‘accomplishments.’

    How many shipments of HGH? How many moonings over your career?

    Tom Brady will not list his #’ Pro Bowls or team records (as if they are only his) etc.

    God Bless Football. What the heck is that?

  128. jackfan2 says: Mar 9, 2016 8:39 PM

    That is the GOAT, dangel. Live with it. He retired at 39 with all the records it took Farve playing until he was 42 to set. Brady will never touch his incredible accomplishments, or only will if he plays to 42. MEANINGLESS. Superbowls is a team stat. Sorry.but you couldn’t watch these two play and think Brady is in Manning’s league. Stop with the ridiculous criticisms, because Brady is much more ME than Manning. Facebook? Yikes, he does not get enough press? Model shots on Sunday Night football? What a silly, superficial guy.

  129. vikingforlife says: Mar 9, 2016 8:58 PM

    Wish I could have chimed in sooner (major computer problems) I was fortunate enough to see the retirement speech in it’s entirety on Monday and I have to say I am so glad I did. I was able to see history. Okay, for those of you who do not like Peyton Manning (why, I really don’t know or understand), but I’m not going to argue with you, I just want to say I absolutely loved that speech. He did it the right way. The way someone who truly loves and respects the game should go out. I don’t know if he will come back in some other capacity, but I hope so, because I for one am going to truly miss seeing him.

  130. dangel61 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:53 PM

    Brady’s teams 4-2 in SB
    Manning’s teams 2-2 in SB

    Brady only QB – team to come back from 10 down in 4th Q in SB.

    Peyton has played like crap in both of his wins and losses.

    Brady 66% Comp Pct, 13 TD’s 4 INT Rate 95.3

    Manning 66% Com Pct 3 TD’s 5 INT Rate 77.4

    Brady 10 AFC Championship games
    Manning 5 AFC Championship games

    Manning 9 one and done in playoffs.

    Manning’s teams 3-2 over Brady’s teams in AFC Champ games. That’s your nugget.

    God Bless 2nd place.

    Kissing Papa John and mentioning Budweiser…yea Peyton’s not superficial.

  131. jackfan2 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:13 PM

    Manning is 3-1 over Brady in the championship games. That’s right, in the only SB-type games these two ever played against one another, Manning has dominated. It’s so bad you Brady suckups even block it out of your memory, LOL! Your only “nugget” is to cite team stats like SB wins and denigrate individual stats. Guess what players get into the HOF based on their individual stats. It’s the only measuring stick, and Tommy can’t touch peyton! Yes, your boy is indeed superficial and Manning is major. Think of it as Manning is JFK while Brady is Dan Quail. That should resonate in New England!

  132. vikingforlife says: Mar 11, 2016 9:01 AM

    OK, Now that almost EVERYONE has made it perfectly clear on all of the stats, whether it be individual or team, can we now put this to rest? They are both phenomenal players, yes??? They both CLEARLY have a respect and admiration for one another, yes,??? I think that speaks volumes about both of them. I think it speaks volumes that Brady was one of the first people Manning called about his retirement (and also that he mentioned the Patriots specifically in his speech). No person is perfect. Please everyone try to remember that every time you post something that is just so utterly asinine for words. When I saw Manning’s speech last Monday I was speechless. It was eloquent and heartfelt and it came from a man who TRULY loves the game of football. REMEMBER THAT!

  133. usdcoyotesfan says: Mar 11, 2016 3:40 PM

    Unlike Manning, Favre didn’t have to cheat to break all the passing records.

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