After breaking numerous records, winning the most MVP’s of any player, and leading two teams to win the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning officially announced the end of his football career of 18 years on Monday, March 7, 2016.
The 39-year-old gave his retirement speech at the Denver Bronco’s headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. Manning fought tears during most of the speech as he listed those who helped him toward his career accomplishments, including coaches, opponents, teammates, executives, friends, and family.
"I'm going to miss a steak dinner at St. Elmo’s in Indianapolis after a win, my battles with players named Lynch, Lewis, Thomas, Bruschi and Reed…I'll miss figuring out blitzes with Jeff Saturday, Demaryius Thomas thanking me for coming to Denver after every touchdown I threw to him." said Manning. "I'll miss picking out the game balls with my equipment guys. I'll miss recapping the game with my dad and checking to see if the Giants won and calling Eli as we were both on our team buses. I'll miss that handshake with Tom Brady and the plane rides after a big win, with 53 teammates standing in the aisles celebrating during the whole flight.
"I'll even miss the Patriots fans in Foxboro," he joked, "and they should miss me, because they sure did get a lot of wins off of me."
Sophomore Briana Pinter gave her opinion about Manning’s decision to retire.
“I was so happy for him. It was a good time for him to retire, especially after his Super Bowl win,” said Pintor.
ENMU Junior Tyler Howard also spoke out about Manning.
“It was great that Peyton was able to win the Super Bowl at the end of his career. He will be missed but I think there’s new talent coming in all the time. I believe a new icon will emerge for the NFL soon,” said Howard.
Manning is ready to advance into the next phase of his life after succeeding at just about everything a quarterback can dream of. Among a large list of accomplishments, he is the first and only quarterback to win 200 games throughout his career, has played in a record of 14 Pro Bowls, and is the all-time NFL leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.
"I'm totally convinced that the end of my football career is just the beginning of something I haven't even discovered yet," said Manning. "Life is not shrinking for me, it's morphing into a whole new world of possibilities."
Manning ended his sentimental speech by reciting 2 Timothy 4:7.
"There's a scripture reading, 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith," Manning said during his speech. "Well, I've fought a good fight. I've finished my football race and after 18 years, it's time. God bless all of you and God bless football."