According to Woody Paige of the Denver Post, Peyton Manning will ride off into the sunset and retire. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, after Manning and his Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Manning has also been in the news as of late for his dark side from college coming to light. That of course refers to the explosive column in the New York Daily News by Shaun King, which uncovers details from a cover up of a sexual assault involving Manning and the trainer at the University of Tennessee when he was in college. Many have since tried to brush that story off as nonsense because it was “a college kid doing dumb things.” But make no mistake about it, those are serious allegations and anyone who chooses to brush them off are part of the problem.
Back to Paige’s report of the retirement, Paige states that “It’s implausible that Manning would opt to sign with another team for one season.” For his career, Manning has thrown for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns. He won’t go down in history as the best quarterback in the NFL’s history, but there’s no denying his many accomplishments. Manning was dogged by the “choke” label when he’d get into the Playoffs. But, his Super Bowl win this season when he was playing at his worst in his career will ease the negative talk about his play in the Playoffs somehwhat.
While I do believe that Manning will retire, ProFootballTalk is reporting that the Broncos haven’t been informed of any decision by Manning as of yet.
Source says Broncos have not been informed of any decision by Peyton Manning and that the team expects to talk to him again this week.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 28, 2016
It looks like the official announcement will come down on Monday.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 6, 2016