Peyton Manning is going out on top. According to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, and since confirmed by multiple outlets as well as the Denver Broncos organization itself, quarterback Peyton Manning is set to announce his retirement from the league on Monday.
Filed to ESPN: Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday in Denver per source familiar with the QB's decision— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 6, 2016
The Broncos will hold a press conference on Monday at 11 am MT and General Manager John Elway and others will weigh in on Peyton Manning's career.
After weeks of speculation of when will he retire to where he will play in 2016, Manning has decided to step away from the game after 18 seasons in the NFL. Just like his boss in Denver, Manning's Hall Of Fame career finishes with a Super Bowl Championship.
During his 18 years in the NFL, Manning has totaled 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns, 251 interceptions, a career completion percentage of 65.3, and a career quarterback rating of 96.5. He also finished with two Super Bowl Championships.
Peyton Manning retires as NFL all-time leader in Pass TD (539), Pass— NFL (@AllNFL_) March 6, 2016
yds (71,940) & QB wins (186, tied w/ Favre). pic.twitter.com/5bQGz2YLcg
Manning's postseason career numbers are equally impressive. He played 27 games(14-13 win/loss record), passed for 7.339 yards, 40 touchdowns, 25 interceptions, a career postseason completion percentage of 63.1, and a career postseason quarterback rating of 88.5.
Peyton Manning was also named the league MVP 5 times, he was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times, and he made the postseason 15 times in his 18-year career.
His excellence does not end there. Manning had 14 4,000+ passing yard season's, and Manning topped 49 or more touchdowns during a season twice in his career.
Manning also holds a lot of records.
- Most career pass yards(71,940 yards)
- Most pass yards in a season(5,477 yards)
- Most 4,000 yard seasons(14 of them)
- Most season's of leading the NFL in passing touchdowns (2000, 2004, 2006, 2013)
- Most career pass touchdowns(539)
- Most pass touchdowns in a season(55)
- Most pass touchdowns in a game(7)
- Most 4 pass touchdowns in a career
- Most 4 pass touchdowns in a season
- Most career quarterback wins(265)
That is a pretty damn good resume, and all these records will probably stand for a long time to come.
It does not end there, here are some more career highlights for Peyton Manning.
- 2x Super Bowl Champion(XLI and Super Bowl 50)
- Super Bowl XLI MVP
- 4x AFC Champion (2006, 2009, 2013, 2015)
- 5x AP NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
- 14x Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2002–2010, 2012–2014)
- 7x First-team All-Pro (2003–2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
- 2x AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013)
- AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2012)
- 4x NFL passing touchdown leader (2000, 2004, 2006, 2013)
- 3x NFL passing yards leader (2000, 2003, 2013)
- NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2013)
- Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month a record eight times
- Manning has been named Offensive Player of the Week a record 26 times
After 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, they decided to part ways with Peyton Manning. At that time, he was recovering from four neck surgeries, and his career was in doubt.
This is when Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway rolled the dice on Manning and brought him to the Denver Broncos. No one was sure if he could play again, but he went out and showed everyone that he could still play, and play at a high level.
Easy to forget how much doubt hovered around Peyton Manning after the 4 neck surgeries. Since then: 1639-2479, 19,062 yds, 151 TDs, 59 INTs.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2016
He went out and totaled 19,062 yards, 151 touchdowns, 59 interceptions, 1 NFL MVP, 2 Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl Championship, a many broken records during his time with the Denver Broncos.
As Peyton decides to leave the NFL, his legacy on the field will forever stay. His teammates, like Denver Broncos, tackle Ryan Harris will never forget their time spent with Manning, and they can say they shared the field with an all-time great.
"Peyton Manning is the kind of player, the rare kind of player, where no matter how long you played with him, whether it was a month, a year, 10 years, a week, you're always going to say 'I played with Peyton Manning,'" Broncos tackle Ryan Harris has said. "You don't say Peyton Manning and I played together or that Peyton Manning was on my team. You say, 'I played with Peyton Manning.' And people could not know anything about you as a player, or what you did, or if you were any good, and they would immediately know you played with one of the best ever and you were always one of the teams that [had] a real shot at the Super Bowl. He's forever."
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway congratulated Manning on his Hall Of Fame career.
"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team. Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more—not only for the football team but in the community.
There’s no question that his work ethic is what made him into one of the great quarterbacks of all time. All the film study Peyton did and the process that he went through with game planning and understanding what the other teams did was second-to-none.
Peyton was a player that guys wanted to play with. That made us better as a team, and I’m thrilled that we were able to win a championship in his final year. Peyton won a lot of awards and set a lot of records, but to me, what he helped our team accomplish during the last four years is what stands out the most.
I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career."
Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak said this past season with Manning was special.
"It was a blessing to coach Peyton Manning. Nobody worked harder at the game and nobody prepared harder than Peyton. His preparation was the best I’ve ever seen with how he went about his business. There was nothing like his work habits. Each and every week, he did everything he could to get ready to play not only against the defense but even against the coordinator.
After competing against Peyton many, many times, I already had great respect for him. But being with him this season, going through what we went through and accomplishing what we accomplished—that was special. He and I battled together and along the way we talked about dreaming that it could end the way it ended. And I’ll be damned, it did.
Peyton and I will have some interesting stories throughout the rest of our lives to talk about going through this year together. He’s a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person, and I wish him all the best in the future."
President and CEO Joe Ellis is looking forward to celebrating Manning's future induction into both the Broncos’ Ring of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"The Denver Broncos are so proud to have called Peyton Manning our quarterback for the last four years, and we can’t thank him enough for his many contributions to our team and community.
On the field, Peyton’s competitiveness, intensity and leadership helped us to one of the most successful periods in our history, highlighted by four consecutive division titles, two AFC Championship victories and a win in Super Bowl 50. Off the field, Peyton’s kindness and generosity, especially toward those in need, made a real difference on a very personal level.
Our team, our organization and our community are all better because of Peyton Manning. He raised the performance of those around him and raised the level of excellence here at the Broncos.
Peyton’s been a first-class ambassador who did things the right way and had such a positive impact on the Broncos. We look forward to celebrating his future induction into both the Broncos’ Ring of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
I personally want to thank Peyton Manning for his time with the Denver Broncos. He accomplished many great achievements during his time with the Denver Broncos, and it was a joy to watch.
He helped the Broncos to two Super Bowls, one Super Bowl Championship, and a postseason trip every season he was a part of the team.
The moments I will never forget are Manning's first game with the Denver Broncos, the comeback against San Diego, the 7 touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens, the 55 touchdowns in 2013, the dominance of entire AFC West, the all-time records in 2014, and the postseason and Super Bowl run this past year.
Thank you for everything Peyton.