by Mary Petrosino '17
After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl wins, quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to retire from the National Football League and end his career.
On March 7, 2016, Manning announced that he would not continue playing for another season. This announcement came nearly a month after he won his second Super Bowl while playing for the Denver Broncos.
He began his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 and remained with them for 12 seasons. During that time, he led the team to win the Super Bowl in 2006. He was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2012 and has since appeared to the Super Bowl two more times, but only won one more time.
Broncos vice president and general manager John Elway's spoke at the conference. He said, “Peyton Manning revolutionized the game. We always used to think that a no-huddle was a fast paced, get to the line of scrimmage and keep people off balance. Peyton revolutionized it in that, 'You know, we're going to get to the line of scrimmage, we're going to take our time, I'm going to find out what you're doing, and then I'm going to pick you apart.'"
This decision came amidst his win in the Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. Within 18 seasons, he threw 71, 940 yards, threw 529 regular season touchdowns, and held a quarterback career rating of 96.5. After a long career, Manning’s age prohibited him from performing as well as he used to.
The thirty-nine-year-old commented on his decision to retire by saying, "I thought about it a lot, prayed about it a lot, it was just the right time. I don't throw as good as I used to, don't run as good as I used to, but I have always have had good timing."
Manning is the first and only quarterback to achieve 200 career wins, during both the regular season and playoffs. Throughout his career, Manning went to the Super Bowl four times, twice for the Colts and twice for the Broncos. He is the first quarterback to start the Super Bowl for more than one team with more than once each.
Manning’s brother Eli Manning is a quarterback for the New York Giants. At the press conference, he announced that he is excited to spend more time with his family, especially his kids both age four.