For all of those who think Peyton Manning could retire following a Denver Broncos win in Super Bowl 48, forget it. The quarterback says that is not in his plans.
“I think when you still enjoy the preparation, the work part of it, I think you sought to be still doing that,”Manning told the Denver Post. “When I stop enjoying it, when I can’t produce, when I can’t help the team that’s when I’ll stop playing. If that’s next year, maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”
So much for those believing that Manning would follow the example set by John Elway.
“A number of players have walked away as champions,” Manning said. “I’m sure that’s a great feeling for those people. John Elway. Ray Lewis did it last year. Michael Strahan. Talking to Ray Lewis and talking to John Elway, they couldn’t play any more (physically). That was all they had to give. They truly left it all out there.”
Manning, 37, has thrown 59 touchdown passes for 6,107 yards including the post season. He has a guaranteed $20 million waiting for him in 2014.