Peyton Manning has reached the age where most other quarterbacks would be thinking about retirement.
In fact, at age 37 and turning 38 this year, Manning is at the age where 99 percent of quarterbacks have already been retired for quite some time.
Yet the Denver Broncos quarterback seems not only to be happy in continuing to play playing, he actually appears to be getting better. In the past two years with the Broncos he has set a host of personal bests, including the single greatest season from a quarterback in the history of the NFL.
But still, with his advanced age and the neck injury that kept him sidelined for the entire 2011 season, the questions of when Peyton Manning could retire are still burning in the minds of football fans.
Sayre Bedinger of Fansided took on the idea of Manning’s retirement, noting that he looks nothing like a quarterback ready to hang up his cleats.
– Manning has shown no signs of decline since returning from his neck injury that kept him out of the 2011 season.
– Manning has been MVP runner up, and MVP since joining the Broncos.
– Manning shattered a career high by attempting 659 passes in 2013
– His 12 games with 300 yards or more in 2013 was the most ever in his career.
Peyton Manning has bristled at any notion of retirement. In the wake of the Broncos drubbing in Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning even seemed agitated to be talking about it.
“I’ve been dealing with those [questions] all week,” he said. “This doesn’t change anything as far as what I want to do. Certainly, for our entire team, I think we used last year’s playoff loss to kind of fuel us, and it made us a better team this year. Hopefully we can use this to fuel us this offseason into next season as well.”
Still the retirement rumors persist. During the 2014 playoffs Manning mentioned there is “a light at the end of the tunnel for me,” which many interpreted as his considering quitting football.
But the way he’s been playing, Peyton Manning may not retire until he’s well into his 40s.