Tomorrow at 1:00 PM Peyton Manning will announce he is retiring from the NFL after 18 seasons.
Even if you hate football, you probably know who Peyton Manning is. During his Hall of Fame career it feels like Peyton had been in more commercials than football games. He had a name for himself as spokesman just as much as quarterback. So you can look at this a couple ways: QB Peyton Manning is retiring from the NFL/The Nationwide chicken parm guy is quitting his other job to sell more stuff.
Despite having the worst statistical season of his career Peyton was able to ride his defense to his 2nd Super Bowl victory in what ended up being his final career game. Which I find very ironic due to all the great statistical years he had both in Indy and Denver that ended in "one and dones" the year he is benched and throws 17 interceptions is the year he wins the Super Bowl.
It should also be noted that this season Peyton Manning had allegations of steroid use and sexual assault. Yet those stories have been barely addressed by media outlets such as ESPN and the NFL Network. But according to them if you maybe take a little air out of the ball you should burnt alive.......interesting. Idk what to believe ,but it has to be at the very least discussed and investigated fully. There is a good chance that Peyton is a fraud when it comes to the "aw shucks" persona he has led on to a nation for two decades.
As a Patriots fan when I was younger I hated Peyton Manning as an athlete and a person. The older I got the hate turned into respect I guess, you can't take away from all the stats Peyton was able to put up.
Sure he has 9 "one and dones" in the playoffs but Peyton Manning had an amazing career when all said and done. I still think Tom Brady is a better quarterback but that is for another day. This is about Peyton.
Manning will retire with a laundry list of records and achievements. He also is the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. (Colts & Broncos)
Yet for the majority of his career he was a choker when it became playoff time. Peyton would have amazing stats yet always fall apart in the playoffs.
In the 2003 and 2004 seasons when Peyton was league MVP he lost in laughers to the New England Patriots in the playoffs both seasons.
Finally in 2006 Manning was able to beat the Patriots (in a game the Colts were favored and playing at home) to advance to the Super Bowl where his Colts beat the Chicago Bears (who were led by quarterback Rex Grossman) in Super Bowl XLI 29-17. It would be the only Super Bowl won by the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts.
Now that Peyton is retiring the only question that remains is: What will happen with the Al Jazeera story and sexual assault that may or may not have happened? Just because Peyton is retiring we can't just let these go unresolved, however that is what will most likely happen. Personally if he took HGH I don't really care I think all athletes should be allowed to take steroids, who cares it is a game and if everybody is juicing then in a way nobody is cheating. However it is against the rules and just for transparency mainly after the deflategate witch-hunt it is only fair to find out the truth.
So congrats on a great career 18. You are the greatest regular season quarterback of all time with 5 MVP awards.
But let's not forget Peyton's career playoff record is 14-13.
Now go off into the sunset with Papa John and a Bud heavy.
P.S. To me this will always be Peyton's greatest moment. As much as I've disliked him over the years. When he hosted SNL it was great. This is probably the best sketch by an athlete in the show's history.