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.
By Jenna Borrelli ‘16
Los Angeles, Calif. -- Thursday, March 11, 2016, the Cavaliers beat the Lakers 120-108. This game was the last time Kobe Bryant, Lakers shooting guard, and LeBron James, Cavaliers small forward, would play each other in the NBA.
After playing in the NBA for 18 years, this season will be Bryant’s last due to retirement. Not only will basketball fans miss watching Bryant play, but they will also miss the competitive friendship he shares with James.
According to ESPN, James said, "I wish I could play against him every single night. Just that competitive juice, that feeling of just going against one of the greatest, you can never take that for granted.”
By the end of Thursday night’s game, the Cavaliers were the victorious team, holding the lead for the majority of the game. The first quarter ended with the Cavaliers beating the Lakers by two, 33-31. Again, the second quarter ended with the Cavaliers in the lead, 64-55. The Cavaliers still held the lead by the end of the third, 95-82. The fourth quarter ended with a final score of 120-108, Cavaliers.
James’ team may have conquered the court, but Bryant outscored him by the end of the game. Bryant scored a total of 26 points and James trailed behind him scoring 24 points. Despite the outcome, the two remain friends on and off the court.
By Jenna Borrelli ‘16
Santa Clara, Calif. -- On Feb. 7, 2016, the Denver Broncos dominated the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl L. Although Cam Newton wasn’t able to earn his first Super Bowl ring, Peyton Manning can now retire having two.
Throughout the entire game the Broncos continuously added points to the scoreboard, but their impeccable defense made it difficult for the Panthers to do the same. During the first quarter, the Broncos scored 10 points by kicking a 34 yd field goal and by scoring a touchdown several minutes after. The Panthers tried to retaliate, but were stopped again by the Broncos solid defensive line. The first quarter ended with the Broncos leading 10-0.
During the second quarter, the vigorous fight against the Broncos defence continued. The Panthers managed to score a touchdown on the Broncos, and the extra field goal point was good. With seven minutes left of the second quarter the Broncos were able to kick a 33 yd field goal, adding three points to the board. The first half of the game ended with the Broncos remaining in the lead, 13-7.
Beyonce’s performance led to the end of the halftime show, and the beginning of the third quarter. The Panthers offensive team slowly began to fall short and crack under pressure, especially star quarterback Newton. Throughout the entire game Newton was sacked a total of six times; the Broncos defense was unstoppable. By the end of the third quarter, the Broncos added another three points to the score from a field goal. The quarter ended with the Broncos lead, 16-7.
In the final quarter the intensity rose. The Panthers managed to kick a 39 yd field goal within the first five minutes of the game, but the Broncos later returned with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. With three minutes left of the game, Newton was captured throwing a tantrum on the floor of the sidelines. The fourth quarter ended with a win from the Denver Broncos, 24-10.
Von Miller, Broncos outside linebacker, won the Most Valuable Player award for Super Bowl 50. His leadership skills and defensive skills were impeccable throughout the entire game and noticeable on the field. His overall performance included executing plays against the Panthers offense in every quarter and stripping Newton of the ball, sacking him two and a half times.
By Jenna Borrelli '16
By Jenna Borrelli '16