After an illustrious 18-year NFL career, quarterback Peyton Manning retired Monday. Doing his best to hold back tears, Manning thanked UT Vols fans, Indianapolis, the Colts organization, Denver and the Denver Broncos organization for what they have all meant to his career and his personal life. He thanked friends and family, taking the time to mention a special story about his daughter asking about his “last game ever.”
Peyton’s announcement, held at the Denver Broncos facility, came as little surprise to many. After winning the Super Bowl in February, many believed that would be the last time we got a chance to see Manning sling the football around the field.
Manning leaves the field as one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. He currently holds several QB records including most career wins (200), regular season touchdowns (539), and passing yards (71,940). He also holds several playoff and rookie records.
My favorite quote from Peyton Manning’s retirement announcement: “Treat a man as he is and he will stay who he is. Treat a man as he could be and he will become what he should be.“