Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has told his friends he plans to retire after Super Bowl 50, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
“The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit,” Rapoport said Monday on NFL Network’s Super Bowl Live. “I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well.”
Manning, 39, did not reveal whether he had made a decision on retirement during his Super Bowl Media Day press conference on Monday, but he did acknowledge that ending his career after 18 seasons was possible.
“I truly don’t know the answer to that,” Manning said. “I’m taking it one week at a time. I don’t want to look too far ahead and I don’t want to look too far back.
“I am a realist,” he later added. “I am aware this could be it.”
Manning’s brother Eli said last week the Super Bowl could “possibly” be Peyton’s last game, and Peyton told Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the AFC Championship Game that “this might be my last rodeo.”
Super Bowl 50 will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
- Erin Flynn