Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL today after 18 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, and the press conference he had in Denver today was quite emotional. Manning did not shed a single tear, though he did come close a few times, and it’s clear that he is walking away from the game as the consummate professional who left it all on the field.
Video of Manning’s retirement speech may be seen below.
Manning touched on a number of subjects in his speech, including how he completed passes to two Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison in his first NFL game. He said he was “grateful” for all of his accomplishments and also joked about how his five-year-old daughter asking him about whether Super Bowl 50 would be his very last game made him think ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter were behind it.
But all jokes aside, one of the NFL’s best gunslingers is riding off into the sunset and is leaving quite the legacy behind him. Two Super Bowl rings, 14 Pro Bowls, five MVP trophies and nearly every NFL passing record under the sun.
Happy retirement, Peyton Manning. The football world is going to miss watching you play!
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