According to multiple reports, Peyton Manning informed the Broncos on Sunday morning that he will be retiring. His official announcement is expected tomorrow.
Rumors swirled last week that Manning might try to move teams and play another year in lieu of retirement but it appears he decided against that. Manning may now reportedly try his hand at team ownership or, if dreams really do come true, coaching. But, those things will come in time.
Manning is 39 years old and will be stepping away after winning the second Super Bowl of his career in a year when many thought he would fade away after multiple injuries and the effects of age. He will leave behind one of the greatest legacies in the history of football.
While in college at Tennessee, he threw for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns. He broke numerous school, SEC, and national records in Knoxville and remains an iconic figure for the Orange & White.
In 18 years in the NFL, Manning passed for 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns, and won a Super Bowl with two different franchises. He flipped an ailing Indianapolis Colts team into a powerful contender and had the best year of his career in his 16th season in the league, when he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns with the Denver Broncos in 2013.