Peyton’s retirement plans aren’t tied to winning another Super Bowl

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Asked recently whether quarterback Peyton Manning would retire if the Broncos win the Super Bowl this year, executive V.P. of football operations John Elway said he hopes that’s a bridge they’ll have to cross.

From Manning’s perspective, walking off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy under his arm (like Elway did) doesn’t seem to be a priority.

“It’s really not,” Manning told Erik Kuselias of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk regarding whether the quarterback’s retirement is tied to winning another title.  “I really have no idea how much longer I’ll play.  In the 2011 season, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to play again.  I had a very strange injury.  I had different doctors that just couldn’t give me any type of definite timetable or any guarantee, and when you’re dealing with nerves in an injury, it’s just so unpredictable.”

And so it’s not about winning a championship and calling it quits.  It’s about chasing championships for as long as Manning likes all aspects of the hunt.

“I want to play, Erik, as long as I’m still a productive player, as long as I can still help a team, and as long as I still enjoy it,” Manning said.   “I don’t think it’s about enjoying the games, it’s about do you enjoy practice?  Do you enjoy meetings?  I’ve heard guys that retire, they just say they dreaded going to meetings, they dreaded going to a walk-through. If it’s just so miserable, then you probably should stop.  But I still enjoy the preparation.  I still enjoy the practice.  I enjoy getting to work with other great football players.  And as long as I can still be effective, I’m going to keep playing.”

Whether Peyton intended it or not, that last part sounds like an indirect dig at the annual angst Brett Favre experienced, because Favre got to a point where he liked playing in games but nothing else.  Manning likes it all.  As long as he does and as long as he can meet his own high standards, he’ll keep doing it.

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31 responses to “Peyton’s retirement plans aren’t tied to winning another Super Bowl

  1. “Peyton’s retirement plans aren’t tied to winning another Super Bowl”, it’s tied to one more big hit to the head weather clean or not. Then it will end immediately.

  2. Then when he is done he can go on to win Superbowl(s) as a head coach. Can’t imagine he would not ascend to an NFL offensive coordinator as quick as he wanted to.

  3. I hope he plays as long as possible, hes a joy to watch and one of the greats on and off the field.

  4. Peyton Manning is a football quarterback to the bone. He’ll quit when his body does and not before.

    Tom Brady is the same story.

  5. Why NOT? Win one more then sign with the
    Colts for one day and ride off into the sunset. No one can beat it.

  6. Barring one freak injury, this guy’s one of the gold standards for durability and consistency for the quarterback position. And at the most cerebral position in pro sports, he’s one of (if not the) smartest to ever play. If Chad Pennington could lead the Dolphins to the playoffs late in his career, Peyton can probably play as long as he wants to. Beast.

  7. Peyton will always be my favorite Colts QB, that is until Andy runs us off about 10 in a row SuperBowls…no pressure..just get it done!!!

  8. Gee I thought he had a Super Bowl ring with the Colts. Why would he care about another with the Broncos? Favre admitted that he played the last year with the Vikings for the money. AHHH millions…now there is a motivator.

  9. Well, he can’t retire until he catches Eli in Super bowl wins…personally I don’t see that happening.

    With all the opportunites he had in Indy and only managed one, and albeit this was a good Denver team when he got there, this team now has some issues and I don’t see them contending for a Super bowl…they should make it to the playoffs considering the division their in.

  10. Just retire the same year as Brady so we can watch Tommy cry when you are elected first ballot, unanimously to the HOF and he is passed over.

  11. The whole “one big hit and it’s over” comments are getting tiresome.. If you don’t have anything new and interesting to say, just go back to your room with your Jergens lotion..

  12. He can’t retire this year…

    No one is there to do the paperwork…

    Most of the front office is at alcohol rehab…

  13. Pretty sure Joe Flacco will finish with more rings than Peyton Manning. He just doesn’t perform well in the playoffs overall. Never has, even his championship playoff run was mediocre.

    If you don’t believe it, you probably didn’t believe Joe would get the 1st one.

  14. I consider myself a die-hard Patriots fan, and enjoy the new Patriots/Broncos rivalry… But honestly (without bias) I think Brady is better with his ability to win no matter what. Without having a team built around him… I’m sure there’s more, but that’s my argument.

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