Peyton Manning retired on Monday after an exemplary 18 year career where he broke numerous records while winning two Super Bowls, one of them capping off the end of his career. Always a true professional and great figurehead for the game of football, Manning will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. No one out-prepared Manning or made more checks at the line of scrimmage. He was a class act in victory and defeat. Manning’s retirement press conference was as great as you might expect, mixing in memories, jokes, and emotional sentiments.
One of those playful jabs was at the expense of Eli Manning, Peyton’s younger brother and current Giants quarterback. Manning spoke about one of the many records that he holds is the most interceptions during their first NFL season as a rookie quarterback. He says that every year he is praying that some rookie quarterback will break it, and said that he kids around with Eli saying that he would have broken it had it he played a full 16 game season.
Eli Manning says that although he and his brother hardly directly talking about Peyton’s impending retirement, he thought that it could be coming. Eli, who in the past has claimed that he doesn’t really get nervous while playing, does get nervous watching Peyton play. Nerves had to be through the roof watching his brother last month in the Super Bowl playing in what many people expected to be his final game.
Peyton Manning mentioned a lot of the things that he will miss upon his retirement from the game. He mentioned many of the teammates and coaches he played with as well as those he played against. He spoke about how he will miss calling Eli from the bus and talking about each other’s games, and checking to see if Eli won his game.
Next season will be the first season in more than a decade, not counting the season Peyton missed due to next surgery, in which there will only be one Manning under center in the NFL.