Peyton Manning Retires

Peyton Manning Retires

Patrick Canter, Staff Writer

Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement on Monday, March 7th after 18 seasons in the National Football League. Manning called a press conference Monday and announced  his retirement, thanking friends, family, former teammates, coaches and even opponents. He recalled his first years in the NFL and also tried to thank two NFL cities and two franchises, as well as the University of Tennessee, and he tried to sum up his 18 seasons, five MVP awards, two Super Bowl wins and a pile of records.

Manning ended his career on a high note, winning Super Bowl 50 for the Denver Broncos in a huge upset against the Carolina Panthers. Peyton celebrated his 4 seasons with the Denver Broncos and his 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Before Manning’s speech, Broncos CEO/team president Joe Ellis, executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway and Kubiak all spoke before Manning. A short tribute video was also shown in an invitation-only gathering in the team meeting room at the Broncos’ complex.

Ellis opened, saying that Manning’s career with the Broncos helped change the team, the players, and the community of Denver for the better.

Manning ended the conference with a reference to scripture. (2 Timothy 4:7), “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” Manning said. “Well, I fought the good fight, I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.” Manning’s success in the NFL sets the bar high for many following in his footsteps, and his career will forever be legendary.