After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl rings, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is set to retire Monday in a press conference. He'll walk away from the game after winning Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers in February.
"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” said John Elway, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager, in a statement. “Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more—not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”
Manning, who was drafted by and played much of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, has left a mark on the game in the record books. To name just two big ones: no NFL quarterback has thrown for more touchdowns or yards in their career. Along the way, Manning, 39, was named the AP NFL MVP five times.
"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. Peyton's competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. "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."
— Broncos TV (@BroncosTV) March 7, 2016
ESPN reported that Manning, who had been the subject of retirement rumors nearly all season and a times struggled with throwing power, told the Broncos franchise Saturday that he would retire. This year previous allegations of sexual assault against Manning while in college at the University of Tennessee have resurfaced as part of a lawsuit against the college. The quarterback was accused of placing his genitals on a trainer but he has said it was part of a "mooning" incident and has denied assaulting the trainer, Dr. Jamie Naughright. Manning was also linked to the performance enhancing drug HGH in a documentary by Al Jazeera, which he denied.
Manning has not hinted at what he might discuss during his retirement press conference Monday. Floods of congratulations have begun to come in, including one from his chief rival during his playing career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "He set the standard for how to play the quarterback position," Brady told Sports Illustrated's MMQB.
Listed below is the important information for Manning's press conference:
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Location: Denver, Colorado
TV Channel: ESPN and NFL Network are expected to televise the press conference