Peyton Manning says goodbye to football

Peyton Manning: NFLs all-time passing leaderNo one in NFL history has thrown for more yards and touchdowns than Peyton Manning. The quarterback won two Super Bowl titles: one with the Denver Broncos in 2016, and one with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. See more moments from Mannings historic career.No one in NFL history has thrown for more yards and touchdowns than Peyton Manning. The quarterback won two Super Bowl titles: one with the Denver Broncos in 2016, and one with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. See more moments from Mannings historic career.Before entering the NFL, Manning played four years at the University of Tennessee and was a consensus All-American in 1997. He still holds many of the schools passing records.In 1998, the Colts selected Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.Manning scrambles into the end zone for a touchdown in 2000.Manning, left, and New England quarterback Tom Brady greet each other on the field after the AFC Championship game in 2004. Bradys Patriots won that game to advance to the Super Bowl. During their careers, Manning and Brady have played each other 17 times -- five times in the playoffs.Manning gives an interview after a 2004 game in which he set a new single-season record for touchdowns (49). Hed go on to break that record again in 2013.Manning talks to the media after signing a deal with a sports memorabilia company in 2005. Mannings quot;everymanquot; persona has also made him a popular pitchman for brands such as Gatorade, Papa Johns and Nationwide.Manning signs autographs for fans during training camp in 2005.Manning has his college jersey retired before a Tennessee game in 2005.Manning, right, shoots a Reebok commercial in 2006 with his brother Eli and their father, Archie. Archie was an NFL quarterback from 1971-1984, and Eli has won two Super Bowls as quarterback of the New York Giants.Manning stands on the sidelines with his Colts teammates during a game in 2006.Manning holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Colts won Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Manning was named the games lt;a href=quot;; target=quot;_blankquot;gt;Most Valuable Player lt;/agt;as the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17.Manning showed off his comedic chops in 2007 when he hosted an episode of quot;Saturday Night Live.quot; In this lt;a href=quot;; target=quot;_blankquot;gt;memorable skit,lt;/agt; he demonstrates how to break into a car.Manning plays a game in San Diego in 2007. During his career, Manning has been MVP of the league five times. He has also been named to 14 Pro Bowls -- the NFLs all-star game.Manning walks off the field during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-17.Manning talks to Colts teammate Curtis Painter during a game in 2011. Manning missed the entire season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay held a news conference in 2012 to announce that the Colts would be releasing Manning after 14 seasons. The Colts had the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, and they were choosing to start over at the quarterback position. They drafted Andrew Luck one month later.Manning walks off the field in 2012 after his first regular-season game as a Denver Bronco. He signed a five-year deal with the team after being released by the Colts.Manning plays St. Louis during a preseason game in 2013.Manning leaves the field after the Broncos were crushed by Seattle in lt;a href=quot;; target=quot;_blankquot;gt;Super Bowl XLVIIIlt;/agt; in 2014.Manning and talk-show host David Letterman throw footballs at New York City cabs during a quot;Late Showquot; taping in 2014.Denver fans celebrate in 2014 after Manning threw his 509th career touchdown pass, breaking the NFL record held by Brett Favre.During a game in November, Manning acknowledges the Denver crowd after he set a new NFL record for career passing yards. Favre held the previous record (71,838). Manning walks off the field Sunday, February 7, after the Broncos won lt;a href=quot;; target=quot;_blankquot;gt;Super Bowl;/agt; Manning is the only NFL quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.Manning addresses the media as he announces his retirement on Monday, March 7.01 peyton manning career02 peyton manning career03 peyton manning career04 peyton manning career05 peyton manning career06 peyton manning career08 peyton manning career09 peyton manning career10 peyton manning career11 peyton manning career12 peyton manning career13 peyton manning career14 peytnon manning career RESTRICTED15 peyton manning career16 peyton manning career17 peyton manning career19 peyton manning career20 peyton manning career21 peyton manning career22 peyton manning career23 peyton manning career24 peyton manning career RESTRICTED25 peyton manning career26 peyton manning career27 peyton manning career RESTRICTED01 peyton manning retirement presser 0307

Manning spoke about what he would miss, including “that handshake with Tom Brady,” alluding to his longtime rival in all of his clashes against the New England Patriots.

He also showed a humorous side, relating how his daughter, Mosley, asked him, “Daddy, is this the last game ever?” before this year’s Super Bowl.

“That’s just when I shook my head in amazement, because I was thinking that Mort (ESPN’s Chris Mortensen) and (ESPN’s) Adam Schefter had gotten to my 5-year-old daughter to cultivate a new source,” he said.

Friends, former teammates and league officials have praised Manning for his mastery of the game and contribution to the communities in which he lived and played.

“Few have left their marks on a sport as Peyton Manning has,” Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “Simply put, he revolutionized NFL football. Peyton energized it as had no one before him, he made it more fun for our fans, and made the game better.”

The 39-year-old goes out on top, having led the Broncos to a Super Bowl championship in February.

“I’ve fought a good fight, I’ve finished my football race, and, after 18 years, it’s time,” Manning said, paraphrasing Scripture.

He will end his career as owner of numerous NFL records, including most career touchdown passes (539), most passing yards (71,940), most touchdowns in a season (55), most passing yards in a season (5,477), most wins (200) and most games with 300 or more yards passing (93).

The five-time NFL MVP is also the only quarterback to win the Super Bowl with two teams and one of only two to beat every team in the NFL. Retired quarterback Brett Favre is the other.

“In my opinion, Peyton goes down as the best quarterback who ever played,” former Colts teammate Brandon Stokely said. “Without a doubt, he revolutionized the position, and now, all QBs want to live up to the standard he set. Nobody will ever do it the way he did it.”

‘Peyton has not lost sight of what is truly important’

In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Manning is widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts.

His PeyBack Foundation has raised more than $10 million for at-risk kids in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee, and his philanthropic relationship with Indianapolis’ St. Vincent Hospital prompted the medical center to rename its children’s facility the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in 2007.

He and brother Eli, a quarterback for the New York Giants, helped the Red Cross deliver supplies to their hometown of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast locales after Hurricane Katrina. Last year, he received the Bart Starr Award for his charity work.

“Throughout his entire career, Peyton has not lost sight of what is truly important — that’s giving back to the communities in which he has lived,” PeyBack Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ellis said. “The impact he has made and will continue to make to youth is second to none. Even though he will be done on the field, he will continue to be a role model to all.”

Matured into an elite quarterback

Manning, who attended the University of Tennessee, was drafted first overall in the 1998 NFL draft by the Colts. His well-known penchant for preparation showed up even then, said Manning’s former quarterbacks coach at the Colts, Bruce Arians.

“We had him in for a pre-draft interview in ’98, and he had a notebook full of questions for us, including one about the Indiana tax code,” said Arians, who is now the coach of the Arizona Cardinals. “I remember thinking, ‘Who interviewed who here?’ “

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After an uneven rookie season, Manning began to mature into the elite quarterback he would eventually become.

He won the first of his five MVP awards in 2003 but struggled in the postseason. It wasn’t until 2007 that he won a coveted Super Bowl championship with the Colts, defeating the Chicago Bears 29-17.

The Colts returned to the Super Bowl in 2010 but lost.

An iron man with deadly accuracy, Manning played every game of his first 13 seasons until a neck injury sidelined him for all of 2011.

The following year, the Colts drafted a new quarterback, and Manning headed west to Denver.

There, he picked up where he had left off, playing every game for his first three seasons, while completing almost 68% of his passes and throwing for an average of at least 291 yards per game. He also threw 131 touchdowns in that time and set the record for most touchdowns in a season in 2013.

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His efforts in Denver culminated with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in February’s Super Bowl, a game noted more for the play of Denver’s defense than Manning’s offense.

Still, he had secured a second ring, helping quiet criticisms of his 14-13 playoff record as a pro and failure to win a championship during his college career at Tennessee, despite having the keys to some pretty awesome teams.

“After competing against Peyton many, many times, I already had great respect for him,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “But being with him this season, going through what we went through and accomplishing what we accomplished — that was special. He and I battled together, and along the way we talked about dreaming that it could end the way it ended. And I’ll be damned, it did.”

Reputation generally beyond reproach

As a pro, Manning managed a 200-92 record, placing him atop an elite class that has only three members — Favre at 199-123 and New England’s Brady at 194-60.

Brady was one of many players to send their congratulations to Manning.

“Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career,” Brady said on Facebook. “You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It’s been an honor.”

Manning’s reputation as a person and player has generally been considered beyond reproach, though two controversies surfaced or resurfaced this year: allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs and that, as a student at the University of Tennessee, he sat on the face of a female trainer who was treating him.

He has vehemently denied the former while downplaying the latter, saying he merely “mooned” a teammate in the trainer’s presence — “not exactly a criminal offense, but out of line.”

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On Monday, Manning again brushed off the allegations.

“I think it’s sad that some people don’t understand the truth and the facts,” Manning said. “I did not do what has been alleged, and I’m not interested in re-litigating something that happened when I was 19 years old.”

But overall, Monday’s focus was on an unprecedented football career and best wishes for whatever’s next for the well-liked player.

“I think Peyton Manning will continue to be Peyton Manning in life,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “He’ll have a great game plan, call great audibles, have great secondary plans if needed, and will continue to be successful.”

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