Fans can watch Peyton Manning’s retirement announcement live online and see as the NFL legend and soon-to-be Hall of Famer says goodbye.
Manning had mulled over retirement for several weeks following the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and while sources close to the team claimed that Manning has been set for a while, the retirement plans weren’t officially announced until Sunday.
Peyton Manning plans to address the world on Monday at 1 p.m. ET with a nationally televised press conference, and those who aren’t able see it on television will be able to see the legend say goodbye. There are several outlets offering his press conference online via live streaming video (links can be found below).
[UPDATE: The press conference can be seen in full below.]
While Manning has yet to address his career and his decision to hang up his cleats, the tributes are already pouring in. His longtime rival Tom Brady posted a Facebook message congratulating Manning on a stellar career, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Manning was one of the best of all time.
Tom Brady pays respect to Peyton Manning. A rivalry for the ages pic.twitter.com/Y9uiAxCCwg
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 6, 2016
“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement (via ESPN). “Peyton’s competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation. He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community. We are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know that his success will continue in the next phase of his life.”
"Peyton Manning is the greatest of all time. The numbers don't lie."https://t.co/4o4qY2ysx0
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 7, 2016
John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, also thanked Manning for both his play on the field and contributions to the community.
“I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career,” Elway said.
The 39-year-old Manning goes out as a five-time MVP, a 14-time Pro Bowler, and seven-time first-team All-Pro. He re-ignited his career in Denver after suffering what looked at first like a career-ending neck injury, leading the team to two Super Bowl appearances and one win to go along with his title with the Indianapolis Colts.
There had been rumors for much of the past year that the Denver Broncos were ready to turn the reins over to Brock Osweiler, who won five games this season while Manning healed from a number of injuries. Manning’s play also dropped off considerably this season, as diminishing arm strength and his injuries caught up with him.
Those who watch Peyton Manning’s press conference live online may see if he chooses to continue on in the NFL. Manning is rumored to be in the running for a number of front office jobs, including the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.
Manning also could choose to follow the path of fellow Hall of Famers like Dan Marino and continue on in the television studio. Manning will reportedly get offers from a number of networks, who could be offering a huge sum for him to become an analyst or announcer starting immediately. This could also be a bridge for Manning if he wants to survey his front office options for a year before making a decision.
Those who want to watch Peyton Manning’s retirement press conference live online can click here for streaming video through 9News in Colorado.
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