Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hinted to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick after last week’s AFC Championship Game that this “may be his last rodeo.”
According to Michael David Smith of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, NFL Network caught audio between the two during an embrace and the following was heard.
“Hey, listen, this might my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure,” Manning told Belichick.
Neither man has commented on what was said, but there’s no doubt that Manning should hang it up after the Super Bowl, win or lose. His body looked completely broken down this past season and he missed several weeks with rib and foot injuries. He completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for just 2,249 yards and only nine touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions.
More importantly, Manning is the all-time leader in practically every single passing statistic and already has a Super Bowl ring that he won with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI, so what else does he have left to prove?
Either way, regardless of what Manning, 39, decides to do, there’s no doubt that he’s a surefire Hall of Famer with a career that most can only dream of having.
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