Peyton Manning and his retirement plans are a huge question for fans and haters. When is the 38-year-old going to give it all up?
The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has been through a lot over the 17 NFL seasons he has played through, including four neck surgeries. That hasn’t stopped Manning from being the reigning MVP, but people are still wondering when the glory days will finally end for Peyton, Tom Brady, and other quarterbacks who are hanging on (and doing well) even though they are approaching their 40s.
According to ABC News, a confident Tom Brady told Boston’s WEEI that he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.
“I love playing for this team and I love representing this team, and hopefully I can do that for as long as I can. When I suck, I’ll retire. But I don’t plan on sucking for a long time. So hopefully that leads me to being here, and there’s no place I’d rather be.”
New England fans collectively breathed a sigh of relief knowing that 37-year-old Tom Brady was going to continue giving his all to the team despite his older status in the league.
Broncos and Manning fans have let the question of the quarterback’s retirement creep over their minds from time to time. Still on the high of last season, many fans were happy to hear Peyton’s plans even though they were pretty sure that retirement wasn’t imminent just yet.
It turns out that Peyton Manning understands Brady’s line of thinking and completely agrees with it. In fact, Manning doesn’t see a problem with himself, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees playing football into their 40s, according to Sports World News.
“Brady said he was going to play until he…sucked. That’s a pretty good line. I’m kind of the same feel. I don’t have a set number. Some guys can hang on, can hang on and hang on and get another year vested, I guess, if that’s the goal. If you can really produce and help a team, and you enjoy playing, I think that’s up to the individual.”
A couple of minutes after Peyton Manning announced his feelings about leaving the game for good, he reaffirmed Tom Brady’s retirement plan by saying, “Yeah, right until you suck – I think that’s a pretty good rule right there.”