Denver, CO- Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning has informed the Denver Broncos of his decision to retire after 18 seasons of professional football and will declare it publicly later this week, according to sources.
This news confirms earlier stories from The Denver Post's Woody Paige and the work of Mile High Huddle's own Erick Trickel.
Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft and has become heralded as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game during his NFL career. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, passing yards, and total wins.
Over the course of his career, Manning became synonymous with preparation and elevating the mental aspect of football to the forefront of his game.
After 14 seasons, one world championship, and four MVP awards with the Colts, Manning was released following four neck surgeries that left him physically incapable of playing for the entirety of the 2011 season. After recovering from that injury, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos and went on to have back-to-back MVP Caliber seasons with that team, including a 2013 season wherein Manning was responsible for a record-breaking 56 touchdowns.
More recently, Manning had seen his performance fall off significantly. In his last regular season with the Broncos, Manning threw just 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 11 appearances. However, thanks to a ferocious Denver Broncos defense, Manning became a part of just the third Super Bowl championship in Broncos franchise history, allowing him to end his career as so few players have in the NFL.
Saturday evening, the Broncos director of public relations tweeted the following: "Peyton has not made a decision on his future. Plan remains for him to continue talks with the team this week."
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