By Dwayne Haskins (16')
Peyton has sustained many injuries to his 40 year old body. He is no longer that bouncy fresh quarterback at the University of Tennessee that he used to be. He has had multiple neck injuries, thigh surgery and shoulder surgery. With these injuries it is hard for not only Peyton but for anyone to last a whole football season.
Next question is, is it worth? Manning was out for 8 games this season and the Broncos still managed to make their run for the Super Bowl. Brock Osweiler made his claim for Peyton’s successor and he has done a good job doing so. Peyton will ask himself is he willing to go through the rough conditions of a NFL season and the task it takes on one’s body.
The competitor in Manning will say, “Yes I can do it.” But with the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50 it’s hard to argue to not hang the cleats up. Shoot, NFL great Charles Woodson (37) retired, as well as Calvin Johnson (29) and Marshawn Lynch (29) had done so thus far. Even NBA great Kobe Bryant acknowledged his body can’t take the grind of it anymore.
Having finished as a Super Bowl Champion and a “Budweiser enthusiast” Most will agree that his time is over. Being the only quarterback in NFL history to win the big game on two different teams (Colts and Broncos), the storied career of Manning should finish on a high note. We’ll miss you, “The Sherif.”