“The Sheriff” is riding into the sunset.
After 29 years in the game, legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is hanging up his spikes for good.
This according to a breaking report from the DenverPost this hour:
His Bronc riding days are over; the last rodeo is done.
Peyton Manning is saying goodbye; it’s been lots of fun.
According to two sources, Manning will acknowledge his decision by the end of this week.
Peyton, who will turn 40 on March 24, is leaving the Broncos and retiring from the game he has played competitively for 29 years.
Manning’s final play for the Broncos was a handoff to C.J. Anderson for 5 yards with 1:22 remaining in Super Bowl 50. Manning’s first play with Denver was a handoff to Willis McGahee in the opening moments of a September game in 2012.
In between, Manning threw for 151 touchdowns and 19,062 yards. He ran for one touchdown. He won 76.9 percent of the games he started with the Broncos, compiling an overall 50-15 record. He came off the bench to lead the Broncos to one other victory in his final regular-season game.
With Manning, the Broncos won four consecutive AFC West titles. The Broncos played in two Super Bowls, winning one.
Peyton owns numerous NFL records. Meaning, a ton. Here is the list…it’s a doozy:
- NFL career passing touchdown record: 539
- Most passing yards, career: 71,940
- Single season touchdown record (2013): 55
- Most passing yards, season (2013): 5,477
- Most wins (including playoffs): 200
- Most games throwing for 300+ yards: 93
- Most passing touchdowns in a single game (tied, 2013): 7
- Most games with a passing rating higher than 105: 97
- Most games with a perfect passer rating of 158.3: 5
- Most seasons with 350+ completions: 10
- Most games completing 80-percent passing: 19
- Most game-winning drives: 56
- Most comeback wins: 45
- Highest completion percentage in a postseason game with 450+ yards (2005): 81.8
- Highest yards-per-game, season (2013): 342.31
- Most games with 4+ touchdown passes: 25
- Most seasons passing for 4,000+ yards: 14
- Most consecutive seasons with 25+ touchdowns: 13
- One of two quarterbacks to ever beat all 32 teams (along with Brett Favre)
- First quarterback to beat 31 franchises: 2007
- Most Associated Press NFL MVP awards: 5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Some thought that Peyton might hang around for one more season – likely with the Los Angeles Rams – but he will be spending much more time with his wife Ashley and their 4-year old twins.
Regardless, Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game.