Sunday February 7th, 2016

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was reportedly “near tears” in a team meeting on Saturday, team president Joe Ellis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

Manning, who is rumored to retire following Super Bowl 50, was also joined by linebacker DeMarcus Ware while addressing the team in the meeting.

“Both were very emotional and near tears,” Ellis said.

“Peyton told a few jokes to lighten the mood,” he added. “but then he got very emotional [when talking about what the game meant to him]. And so did DeMarcus. The room was silent. It was a very emotional gathering.”

• SI’s staff Super Bowl 50 predictions

Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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