Was this the Sheriff’s last rodeo?

posted at 8:41 am on February 8, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Anyone looking for a storybook ending to one of the most celebrated active NFL careers in the league had to think it was coming. Peyton Manning, buoyed by a dominant defense, had finally returned to the winner’s platform in a Super Bowl at 39 years of age, the oldest starting quarterback in all 50 Super Bowls. All that would be necessary would be two simple words: “I’m retiring.”

Sorry, storybook fans. Manning couldn’t quite say it — not even after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell all but announced it moments before Manning took the microphone on stage:

It certainly sounds as though Manning’s planning to wrap things up:

Although Manning had told New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick after the AFC title game that this might be his “last rodeo,” Manning had stressed that he would do what he always does in the offseason. The next step for him will be a physical next month, something he always goes through in March. He’ll see neurologists and determine whether to try to play again at the age of 40 and after multiple procedures on his neck.

On Saturday night, Manning was one of several players who spoke up in what a Broncos executive described as a “very emotional” team meeting, but he wouldn’t say what was discussed there, either, citing advice from his former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

“‘Don’t make an emotional decision,’” he told CBS’s Jim Nantz. “This has been emotional week, an emotional night.”

So why no big reveal last night? Jerome Bettis made his announcement after the Pittsburgh Steelers won a Super Bowl in Bettis’ home town, giving both The Bus and Detroit their storybook ending. Perhaps Manning didn’t want to distract from his teammates’ accomplishment last night, or maybe he just wants this to be a more private decision. Given the way he played in the last couple of games after finally getting healthy again, though, he might want to give it another shot in 2016 — especially with this defense. They played a monster game against what had appeared to be an unstoppable force with Cam Newton and the Panther’s offense. It was an exciting defensive battle right down to the turnover with three minutes left in the game. What quarterback wouldn’t like to be the beneficiary of that kind of lights-out defense?

All that being said, Manning has nothing left to prove, and a life to lead outside of football. It’s time to make that transition before the injuries become too cumulative to enjoy retirement. What do you think? Take the poll:

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Update: I will keep the poll open until 5 pm or so, then post the results later tonight.


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Whatever Peyton wants…

listens2glenn on February 8, 2016 at 8:46 AM

…hope not …I like the cowboy.

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

…how many times….will Ed for for the Steelers…and Jazz vote for the Jets in that poll?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

He should have retired a long time ago..

dougmva on February 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

So how do you see the results of the survey?

Walter L. Newton on February 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Needs to be done.

Zaggs on February 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM

He can play as long as he has that defense.

darwin on February 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Did he sing the Nationwide tune with lyrics “Super Bowl wins feels so good!” during the interview?

Nationwide would have cut him a $1million check on the spot.

Who is John Galt on February 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Manning is a class act win or lose

Newton is a immature goofball when he wins, and a real immature sourpuss when he loses

BigSven on February 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

He needs two more rings to catch up to Brady, so time’s not on his side, sadly.

CivilDiscourse on February 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Two things come to mind:

“It seems strange that Newton, who uses his body as a weapon more than any quarterback in the NFL, would shy away from contact at such a pivotal moment. Newton has faced many criticisms over the years, but rarely has anybody seen him avoid physical pain. But on a night when he was brutalized over and over by the Broncos pass rush, maybe he decided he’d had enough.” Link

And Newton’s poor-sport actions at the post-game press conference, certainly a “dab-less” performance.

Rovin on February 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

What do you think?

I think that if Toussaint hadn’t fumbled, the Steelers would have been the ones winning the Super Bowl!

justltl on February 8, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Not last night but soon

cmsinaz on February 8, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Papa Johns hardest hit.

Dear Mr Manning,

Great job, go home, raise a bunch of good kids.

Limerick on February 8, 2016 at 8:54 AM

…how many times….will Ed for for the Steelers…and Jazz vote for the Jets in that poll?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

AS OFTEN AS IT TAKES.

So how do you see the results of the survey?

Walter L. Newton on February 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

I’ll put them up in a separate post tonight.

Ed Morrissey on February 8, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Did he sing the Nationwide tune with lyrics “Super Bowl wins feels so good!” during the interview?

Nationwide would have cut him a $1million check on the spot.

Who is John Galt on February 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

No, he kept talking about Budweiser.

NotCoach on February 8, 2016 at 8:58 AM

…how many times….will Ed for vote for the Steelers…and Jazz vote for the Jets in that poll?

…prewview is there…for a reason!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Just what this attention whore needs: more attention.

Go the f*ck away. Stop cluttering my TV with your insipid commercials.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Ed Morrissey on February 8, 2016 at 8:56 AM

No option for “I watch every Sunday after NASCAR ends”. I watch NASCAR every Sunday, every Sunday, when it ends I watch the NFL and we have it awesome the Super Bowl and in two weeks the Daytona 500.

Who is John Galt on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Manning doesn’t need to ‘catch’ Brady with two more rings. Ask Miami fans if they would rather have Bob Griese under center over Dan Marino. Peyton Manning is the best quarterback of his generation, if not of all time. No sane person can argue for Brady over Manning.

Borealis on February 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Did he sing the Nationwide tune with lyrics “Super Bowl wins feels so good!” during the interview?

Nationwide would have cut him a $1million check on the spot.

Who is John Galt on February 8, 2016 at 8:51 AM

I noticed he worked in two plugs for Budweiser in those post-game interviews.

Check’s in the mail! ~AB

Joe Mama on February 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

I think that if Toussaint hadn’t fumbled, the Steelers would have been the ones winning the Super Bowl!

justltl on February 8, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Quite possibly.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM

To quote someone who I hope I’ll be informed who it was, “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.” So true last night. Time for Manning to step down and give the next generation a chance. Although I live in WNC – go Bronc’s!

vnvet on February 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Stand by for more Nationwide Insurance ads!

Also; Cam…CAM…CAM!

Galtian on February 8, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Peyton’s QBR for regular season sucked. His QBR against the Patriots and in the SB sucked. If it wasn’t for the Bronco defense we wouldn’t even be discussing this. He is washed up. He basically said it last night when he thanked the Broncos for letting come along for the ride. Put him out to pasture until the HOF ballot.

dddave on February 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Too bad he played for the Broncos. Good guy though. Should go out on top.

LaughterJones on February 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

He’s an all time great one. He didn’t have a great game yesterday but did well enough to win. H/T to the Denver defense.

And yeah, my sports picks are every bit as good as my political ones.

MJBrutus on February 8, 2016 at 9:06 AM

If they plan to have Black Oscar, they could as well do with Black Superbowl. Not having an African-American quarterback win the trophy is pure racism.

Rix on February 8, 2016 at 9:09 AM

Biggest winner last night was Wade Phillips. Biggest loser, Jerry Jones.

Limerick on February 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Yeah; great player.
Now, please retire. Sick to death of announcers groveling in schoolgirl worshiping of the guy. I recall a game in which every tenth word was “Peyton Manning”. ‘Hey, Deshawn Washington on some other team just rushed for 200 yards: he lives next door to Payton Manning!’ ‘I took my daughter to see The Lion King–Payton Mannings son said its his favorite movie…’ ‘Hey, Ditka, that’s a great looking green tie you’re wearing: Payton Manning was wearing one just like it at the press briefing last night…’
Nauseating.
Well done, Mr Manning. Now retire, enjoy your lovely family and kersquillions of dollars, and don’t muck up your legacy with another couple of dwindling seasons.

orangemtl on February 8, 2016 at 9:11 AM

…Go Lions!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 9:12 AM

What quarterback wouldn’t like to be the beneficiary of that kind of lights-out defense?

They don’t have the money to hold that defense together. They only have about $10M in cap space and with Miller demanding a top 5 defensive deal, they’re gonna have to let some other FAs go–Jackson, Trevathan, Marshall, as well as Anderson and Osweiler on offense. And maybe others.

That salary cap makes it really, really difficult to keep a championship team together.

PetecminMd on February 8, 2016 at 9:13 AM

He was weak. The playoff before the Super Bowl, he didn’t throw a touchdown pass there either, did he? I think his chances of continuing to play are slim and none, and Slim just left town.

I can’t think of any time someone held on past their productive years to try to compete in the same arena they did in the past and it turned out well. In sports, most people want to go out on top, ideally after having won a world championship. This is his chance.

LashRambo on February 8, 2016 at 9:13 AM

I think he should announce today, or certainly before the victory parade in Denver. I like Peytie, but I think it’s time to go. He can’t make throws like he used to, and Von Miller, D-Ware, and the rest of the defense are the reason they won last night. I think Osweiler is ready to step up and take the reins, so let him do it.

Ward Cleaver on February 8, 2016 at 9:13 AM

The Husband noticed that he was twice that he was going to go home and drink some Budweiser, have to assume that has taken the place of going to Disney (good since they fire Americans to hire immigrants)and he got a nice paycheck for his trouble.

Cindy Munford on February 8, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Biggest embarrassment, the Turkish Airlines logo on the CBS commentary desk.

Limerick on February 8, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Peyton turns out to be a classy gentleman through to a win the whole team played – and deserved – to get.

-Would hate to seen a future injury to him trying to play beyond his capacity that could cost the NFL and an aging top player a double jeopardy “hit” from whining sports haters.

Peyton, you’re so far ahead. Let it go – and sign on as a Denver QB coach.

RL on February 8, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Well he could always sign with the Giants and back up Eli. That way he doesn’t have to worry about Eli earning more rings than him.

Zaggs on February 8, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Yeah; great player.
Now, please retire. Sick to death of announcers groveling in schoolgirl worshiping of the guy. I recall a game in which every tenth word was “Peyton Manning”. ‘Hey, Deshawn Washington on some other team just rushed for 200 yards: he lives next door to Payton Manning!’ ‘I took my daughter to see The Lion King–Payton Mannings son said its his favorite movie…’ ‘Hey, Ditka, that’s a great looking green tie you’re wearing: Payton Manning was wearing one just like it at the press briefing last night…’
Nauseating.
Well done, Mr Manning. Now retire, enjoy your lovely family and kersquillions of dollars, and don’t muck up your legacy with another couple of dwindling seasons.

orangemtl on February 8, 2016 at 9:11 AM

That crap goes all the way back to his college days at Tennessee. Where he accomplished little. Never beat Florida in 4 tries. Never won the SEC East, never mind the SEC.

The year after he left, they beat Florida, won the SEC East, won the SEC, went undefeated and won the national championship. They just needed to get rid of this goofball.

All he amounted to was a stat-compiling regular season quarterback. His most memorable post-season moments were all bad (the interception against the Saints that sealed the Super Bowl for New Orleans, the horrible Super Bowl against the Seahawks). His 2 Super Bowl wins were thanks to defense and, in the case of the first one, Joseph Addai.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 9:18 AM

I think that if Toussaint hadn’t fumbled, the Steelers would have been the ones winning the Super Bowl!

justltl on February 8, 2016 at 8:53 AM

I agree, it’s possible. Injuries really hurt us this year. If you can get to Cam with edge rushes, and keep him from running, you can beat the Panthers.

Question: Will the Panthers be able to keep their team together, and make another run next season?

Ward Cleaver on February 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM

I find it hard to believe he wants to end career in a Superbowl that he didn’t throw a touchdown in.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Yes, he should…..looked like Trent Dilfer last night,
with the Ravens….passes are like a wounded goose.

Oh, and OMAHA, OMAHA!!

ToddPA on February 8, 2016 at 9:23 AM

He didn’t make any announcements because he didn’t want to overshadow his team’s victory. I think he probably will retire. Of course he’s still a good QB and could play a few more years if he really wanted to. But I can’t blame him for wanting to retire on a high note.

SoulGlo on February 8, 2016 at 9:24 AM

The Sheriff should sign on with the Colts again, and then immediately retire, as a Colt one more time.

lyons8804 on February 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Question: Will the Panthers be able to keep their team together

Sure. Why not? Norman will be looking for a nice payday, but they’ve got a big chunk of the team locked in.

and make another run next season?

Ward Cleaver on February 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Maybe.They’ll be looking at tougher NFC teams next year.

The real question is will they be bringing Gano back. That guy has some accuracy–did you see him hit that pole from 37 yards out? Damn!

PetecminMd on February 8, 2016 at 9:28 AM

I find it hard to believe he wants to end career in a Superbowl that he didn’t throw a touchdown in.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

He’ll never play in another one so he might as well. The Broncos have to move on and if he doesn’t retire, he’s going to end up on a team with no shot at the big game.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

PetecminMd on February 8, 2016 at 9:28 AM

30-36 regular season but it was easy for the Panthers to ignore it with a 15-1 record. That boink in this game, I think, pretty much announced his walking papers are being typed up.

Limerick on February 8, 2016 at 9:33 AM

God I hope so…

My most hated team, New England Patriots…but only slightly less despised are the Denver Broncos…and it has nothing to do with the fact that my fav team (KC Chiefs) and the Broncos have their rivalry…I just hate the Bronocs.

So…yeah, hated the game last night. That Panther totally caught that pass 1st quarter.

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Question: Will the Panthers be able to keep their team together

They won’t if any of them want to avoid being seen with another stompy foot narcissist, however talented…. Certainly there now are [subconscious] doubts – chinks in the armor – that might be ignored in “some arenas”, but unlikely in comparatively the real world of NFL trenches.

RL on February 8, 2016 at 9:38 AM

I’d be seriously shocked if any team was willing to pay the kind of money Payton would demand to play another season. His skills just can’t justify those kind of bucks anymore.

tommyboy on February 8, 2016 at 9:45 AM

So, Manning is most likely done. Will next year be Brady’s last? He’s only a year younger than Manning, right?

xblade on February 8, 2016 at 9:47 AM

I find it hard to believe he wants to end career in a Superbowl that he didn’t throw a touchdown in.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

He did have a completion in the end zone, though.

fossten on February 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Dear Haters,

Peyton now wears two rings.

He’s 14-13 alltime in playoffs, 2-2 in Super Bowls, 3-2 in AFC Championships and 3-1 all-time playoffs against New England.

First quarterback to 200 wins.

First quarterback to go to four Super Bowls with four different coaches.

First quarterback to win two Super Bowls with two different teams.

Regular Season NFL records:

Most career touchdown passes: 539
Most career wins as starting quarter back: 187
Most touchdown passes, season: 55 (2013)
Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 14 (1999–2004, 2006–2010, 2012–2014)
Most passing yards, season: 5,477 (2013)
Most games with 40+ pass attempts in a season: 10 (2010)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes: 13 (1998–2010)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes: 13 (1998–2010)
Most games with a perfect passer rating, career: 4 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most consecutive games started to open a career: 208
Most consecutive games with at least 2 touchdown passes: 13 (games 1–13, 2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes: 5 (games 7–11, 2004)
Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes, season: 8 (2013)
Most regular season games with at least 4 touchdown passes, career: 25
Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes, career: 8 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions, career: 5
Only QB with at least 6 touchdown passes in three games
Only QB with at least 6 touchdown passes and no interceptions in three games
One of only eight QBs with at least 7 touchdown passes, game (tied with Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Kapp, Nick Foles and Drew Brees)
One of only three QBs with at least 7 touchdown passes and no interceptions, game (tied with Y.A. Tittle and Nick Foles)
Most regular season games with at least 300 passing yards: 84
Most regular and postseason games with at least 300 passing yards: 93
Most games with at least 400 yards passing: 17
Most games with at least 400 yards passing and no interceptions: 6

Playoff Records:
Most 300+ yard passing games: 8
Most yards passing, 1st half of game: 360 vs. Denver Broncos, 1/9/05
Led the biggest comeback in conference championship game history (18 pts), 1/21/07 vs. New England
One of only four QBs to post a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a game (Don Meredith, Terry Bradshaw, Dave Krieg)
Most games with 30+ attempts: 17
Most games with 40+ attempts: 8 (tied by Tom Brady in 2011)
Most completions and attempts in a single postseason: 97/153 (2006)
One of only 2 quarterbacks to complete 80% of his passes in two playoff games (tied with Kurt Warner)
Most consecutive postseasons with at least one start: 9 (2002–2010)

NFL Awards:

5x NFL MVP (2003 (shared with Steve McNair), 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)[288]
2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013)
14× Pro Bowl (1999–2000, 2002–2010, 2012–2014)
7× First-team All-Pro (2003–2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
3× Second-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2006)
2× Bert Bell Award (2003, 2004)
8× AFC Offensive Player of the Year Awards (1999, 2003–2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
2005 Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award
2005 Pro Bowl MVP
2007 Super Bowl MVP
2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
27× AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

itsspideyman on February 8, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Peyton was smart enough to realize he could no longer win a super bowl but he sure could lose one and played accordingly. He knows he wouldn’t have stood a chance without that D. I think he’s also smart enough to know it’s time to go with grace.

jnelchef on February 8, 2016 at 10:01 AM

itsspideyman on February 8, 2016 at 9:57 AM

And still he’s a putz of the first order.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Time to give Tebow another go?

LoganSix on February 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Dear Haters,
itsspideyman on February 8, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Forgot one. he no longer has to listen to Eli brag about having more rings than him during holidays. boom.

moflicky on February 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM

He’ll retire. He’s been a class act all the way, and I’m not the least surprised that he didn’t want to hog the spotlight with an announcement, when his teammates (especially the defense) deserved attention.

He’s also smart enough to know he caught lightning in a bottle this year. In several past years he dominated statistically but came up short in the SB. This year he didn’t play all that great in the SB but was carried along by an amazing defense. He knows exactly what happened and that one doesn’t get any more fortunate than that in the NFL. No reason to push his luck; he’ll go out on top.

Reading the comments is instructive in the “heads I win, tails you lose” mentality of the hater. If he plays great but doesn’t win the SB, he’s a loser. If he plays mediocre but still wins, then he is just lucky. There’s no way to win over such a mentality. Fortunately for Manning most fans appreciate the sportsmanship he’s displayed throughout his career, and thus have empathized with his losses and rejoiced in his wins.

Chuckles3 on February 8, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Forgot one. he no longer has to listen to Eli brag about having more rings than him during holidays. boom.

When Denver was scoring that last TD, they showed the box where the Manning family were and while everyone else was whooping it up, Eli just stood there looking stoic. I think he knew his brother was going to bust his balls first chance he got.

moflicky on February 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

So…yeah, hated the game last night. That Panther totally caught that pass 1st quarter.

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

The play where he had his hand under the ball? That was in slow motion, you could make the argument in real time it wasn’t “control”. They reviewed it, and the video wasn’t conclusive. Maybe if they’d ruled it a catch and it was reviewed, that might have stood up. But to have your hand under the ball for a small fraction of a second, that call could go either way. You could say he never had control.

LashRambo on February 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Still a huge hospital here in Indy called “Peyton Mannings Childrens Hospital”, which he is still a part of. And he never sold his home here in Indy. Could see him as the Colts head coach someday soon……

Indiana Jim on February 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Obama was looking forward to a manhug with Newton. Lol!!!!!!

Indiana Jim on February 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Isn’t it Denver Bronco tradition for an aging quarterback who just won the Superbowl to retire?

parke on February 8, 2016 at 10:23 AM

So…yeah, hated the game last night. That Panther totally caught that pass 1st quarter.

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

The play where he had his hand under the ball? That was in slow motion, you could make the argument in real time it wasn’t “control”. They reviewed it, and the video wasn’t conclusive. Maybe if they’d ruled it a catch and it was reviewed, that might have stood up. But to have your hand under the ball for a small fraction of a second, that call could go either way. You could say he never had control.

LashRambo on February 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

You needed to ignore the announcers on that play who totally missed the call. The ball made contact with the ground while in “possession”, but then was bobbled as the receiver rolled over, even though the ball never touched the ground again. If he hadn’t bobbled after that initial ground contact it would have been a good catch. He just didn’t have enough control on that initial ground contact.

parke on February 8, 2016 at 10:28 AM

The play where he had his hand under the ball? That was in slow motion, you could make the argument in real time it wasn’t “control”. They reviewed it, and the video wasn’t conclusive. Maybe if they’d ruled it a catch and it was reviewed, that might have stood up. But to have your hand under the ball for a small fraction of a second, that call could go either way. You could say he never had control.

LashRambo on February 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

He bobbled it initially, then pulled it in and never lost it the entire time he was falling or when he hit the ground, you don’t do that if you don’t have control.

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Winners win. Congrats.

HonestLib on February 8, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 10:32 AM

It was not a catch. You know why? Because it was ruled not a catch. If you can’t beat the other team and the ref’s, you don’t deserve to win. Chuckle.

HonestLib on February 8, 2016 at 10:35 AM

A friend of mine quipped that the halftime show seemed to put Cam to sleep for the second half. That was funny. Reality is that Denver’s defense can put any quarterback to sleep, and yet, even so, I take great solace in the irrefutable fact that my Patriots gave Denver a far more challenging run for the money, in the AFC Championship game, than the Panthers did at any point, yesterday.

brentspolemics on February 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM

I’ve always respected Payton Manning, since his early days on the Colts. Always focused, determined, honest and respective.
I remember they got their azzes handed to them once (or several times, lol) and he took a helmet shot to his chin.

After the game he still came out to address the media, mouth bleeding, jaw all messed up. He couldn’t really move his jaw so see kind of pushed the words out and answered every question they had.

Good man then, good man now, although I am definitely not a Bronco fan… come to think of it I was never a Colts fan either. I just respect pro athletes who are respectful.

Please, Payton, go out with style and let this last Super Bowl win be your retirement. IMHO, that would be the classiest move.

Voodoo Chile on February 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

It was not a catch. You know why? Because it was ruled not a catch. If you can’t beat the other team and the ref’s, you don’t deserve to win. Chuckle.

HonestLib on February 8, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Not saying the game would have turned on it, but a blown call and immediately after came the fumble touchdown. Newton was off for the rest of the game.

Set the tone.

I’m not even a Panther fan…just a Bronco hater.

As an aside…should we just give up on Obamacare? ;)

Rogue on February 8, 2016 at 10:51 AM

To Peyton’s credit, with the exception of one interception,he kept the car on the road putting the best defense in football in position to win the game. Which it did.

MaiDee on February 8, 2016 at 10:57 AM

To Peyton’s credit, with the exception of one interception,he kept the car on the road putting the best defense in football in position to win the game. Which it did.

MaiDee on February 8, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Translation: he managed to not f**k it up. Gee, he should’ve been MVP.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Will he retire? Depends on if he worked a deal for free Bud for life, or if they just gave him enough for a year.

Marcola on February 8, 2016 at 11:27 AM

The poll doesn’t work on iPad with Safari.

Tard on February 8, 2016 at 11:28 AM

He did have a completion in the end zone, though.

fossten on February 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM

This is true. Peyton is so competitive. Did you catch the shot of the Manning family celebrating the last touchdown, and Eli was standing there stone faced and not reacting?

LOL. That was one thing Eli always had on Peyton. Having 2 rings. Now they are tied. Although, Eli’s were more impressive wins.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Only Losers Obsess About How “They Should’ve Won Last Year – But Everything Was Against Them”

…..It takes a Loser of Profound Magnitude to spend time Obsessing on Whether The Player That Is A Nemesis To Them Should Retire Immediately – or Very Soon….

LOSER!!!

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Did you catch the shot of the Manning family celebrating the last touchdown, and Eli was standing there stone faced and not reacting?

LOL. That was one thing Eli always had on Peyton. Having 2 rings. Now they are tied. Although, Eli’s were more impressive wins.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM

…hahaha….yeah, right….More Impotantly:

Did you Catch how neither Tom Brady, nor Ben Rothlesburger, nor any Other AFC Quarterback was IN the Super Bowl? And how the NFC Lost?

…..pretty impressive

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

It’s time for Peyton to retire – too many health problems.
I think the big issue for him was he didn’t want to retire with fewer SB rings than baby brother Eli….

Looking forward to Brock Osweiler (hopefully) as Denver’s next QB, and perhaps becoming the next Aaron Rogers or Tom Brady.
Love to see them go get another SB with Brock

dentarthurdent on February 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

itsspideyman on February 8, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Not hating at all. He absolutely deserves to be in the HOF. He just doesn’t have it anymore bases on this entire season and playoffs. Hid did very little to win games (actually lost a few) and let the D win them. Time to go is all.

dddave on February 8, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Does he still want to play?
Can he still play well enough to produce wins?
Does who sign his paychecks agree that he’s valuable or not?
What does his contract say?

Why ask the fans if they want to see him continue?
If you ask the fans to control a mans career, why can’t we do the same for politicians? I’d think that would be more appropriate than trying to control someone’s non political career. At least this guy can’t f*ck the country up with socialist/communist regulations and executive orders like someone else has.

Let him make his own career decisions.

Andy__B on February 8, 2016 at 12:44 PM

The most frustrated man on that field was Manning. Every time he had to throw with all his might to get a pass to a receiver, that ten years ago he could have made while throwing off balance with a tackler draped on his back, he knows it is over.

This WAS lightening in bottle!

I hope he’s smart enough to realize it. He loves football. It is his life since his birth. Hopefully he respects it enough to let go and leave a hero.

archer52 on February 8, 2016 at 12:50 PM

And as itspideyman pointed out, he has plenty to look back on.

BTW- Where’s Tom Brady?

That’s right STILL ON VACATION!

Hahhahahahhha

archer52 on February 8, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Did you catch the shot of the Manning family celebrating the last touchdown, and Eli was standing there stone faced and not reacting?

Eli knew the game wasn’t over. Just look at last year’s Super Bowl.

It’s really simple, but some people just need to hate somebody.

Moesart on February 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

IMHO Peyton’s a CLASS act – period

I’d sure LOVE to have Von Miller on one end and JJ Watt on the other!!

This certainly goes to show Houston fans: “Hey folks it wasn’t the coaching!!”

Hopefully the SMART move will prevail – i.e. quit a winner just like Elway did…………

Katfish on February 8, 2016 at 1:22 PM

BTW- Where’s Tom Brady?

That’s right STILL ON VACATION!

Hahhahahahhha

archer52 on February 8, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Damn, that’s uncalled for…!

Besides, it’s Sunday. Everyone knows when Brady isn’t playing, Sunday is “Mousse & Blow-Dry” day.

Those oh-SO-soft! tresses won’t tame themselves, ya know.

:o)

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Eli knew the game wasn’t over. Just look at last year’s Super Bowl.

It’s really simple, but some people just need to hate somebody.

Moesart on February 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Anyone who thinks Eli is anything but elated for his older brother Peyton to win another ring simply has now idea the kind of close-knit and loving family the Mannings are.

I fully realize that some of the malcontents posting here are more than likely jealous and feel the need to strike out in an attempt to allay their own insecurities, but really, take a deep breath and applaud excellence, both in sports and in life.

Palerider1861 on February 8, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Eli knew the game wasn’t over. Just look at last year’s Super Bowl.

It’s really simple, but some people just need to hate somebody.

Moesart on February 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

No kidding. That was game face, not jealous face.

cptacek on February 8, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Denver won the Super Bowl in spite of Manning. The defense was light’s out the whole game. Peyton should retire and enjoy time with his family.

Rode Werk on February 8, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Female local morning news anchor where I live regarding all of the turnovers and fumbles: “Seemed to me like a bunch of loose balls flopping around all over the place.”

Oxymoron on February 8, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Eli knew the game wasn’t over. Just look at last year’s Super Bowl.

It’s really simple, but some people just need to hate somebody.

Moesart on February 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

No kidding. That was game face, not jealous face.

cptacek on February 8, 2016 at 2:03 PM

If you look in the back to his right, Archie has got the same face. They’re both quarterbacks, and know the game ain’t over until the referee blows the whistle.

itsspideyman on February 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

LOL. That was one thing Eli always had on Peyton. Having 2 rings. Now they are tied. Although, Eli’s were more impressive wins.

portlandon on February 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM

I don’t know… Eli played on better teams than both of Peyton’s SB losing teams. And the rings were the ONLY thing Eli had on Peyton. Eli might make the HOF or might not. Peyton will get in first ballot, first year of eligibility.

moflicky on February 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM

I hope Peyton has the good sense to call it quits now. Remember Brett Favre retiring from Green Bay, then signing on with the Vikings. What a disaster! Favre had convinced himself that he could still do it and he just didn’t have it any more. I would hate to see Peyton reduced to such straights.

I don’t know how the man is at home and away from the camera, but he projects an extremely charming persona in his Papa Johns and Nationwide commercials. He could easily parlay that into broadcasting if he decides not to coach. But that’s for him to decide. He’s got a wife and kids, and I suspect he will consider not just what’s good for him but what’s the best for his family.

Personally, I wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do next.

catsandbooks on February 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Peyton takes a couple years off, and then…

Coach Peyton Manning

A few seasons as a quarterbacks coach, then offensive coordinator, then Head Coach.

You heard it here first….

PointnClick on February 8, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Ben Roethlisberger’s Dog….

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 10:56 PM

Number Of Points Scored In Super Bowl 50 By Cam Newton: 0, Zero, Zip, Nada……

Number Of Points Scored In Super Bowl 50 By Peyton Manning: 2, Deuce, Dos, Deux….

……Who “can’t do it anymore”. now?

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Tom Brady’s Dog……

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Cam Newton’s Dog……

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 11:02 PM

…..gee – it was a Good Thing that Cam Newton Backed Off The Ball After It Was Stripped By Denver, iddn’t it?

williamg on February 8, 2016 at 11:03 PM