“I see this as possibly being [Peyton’s] last game,” the younger Manning said. “It would be a good way to go out.”
The elder Manning, an 18-year NFL veteran, hinted at the possibility of retirement during his embrace with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after the Denver Broncos’ 20–18 win in the AFC Championship Game.
“Hey listen...This might be my last rodeo, so, it’s been a pleasure,” Manning told Belichick.
Manning, 39, played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and helped them win Super Bowl XLI as the game’s MVP. He is in his fourth season as the Broncos’ signal caller.
The Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium.