Retiring Manning was 'everything' to Broncos, NFL


An emotional Peyton Manning bid farewell to the National Football League on Monday after 18 seasons, one month to the day he and the Broncos won Super Bowl 50.

Over those 18 years, Manning established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in pro football history.

He led two franchises to Super Bowl victories, the first coming at the end of the 2006 season with the Indianapolis Colts' 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

He was widely expected to retire after a less than average season 2015-16, where he performed below par and missed several weeks with injury. Nine years later, Manning sets record with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes, leading the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in his second year with the team.

Denver general manager and former Broncos great John Elway marveled at Manning's remarkable career and noted how he changed the game during his time on the field.

Peyton Manning closes his retirement news conference in fitting fashion by simply saying, "Omaha".

In the clip, footage of the quarterback's childhood - starting with a 3-year-old Peyton Manning playing the game - is interspersed with photos of the Manning family and some of Peyton Manning's career highlights.

"Life is not shrinking for me, it's morphing into a whole new world of possibilities", said Manning, who admitted he didn't know how he'll scratch his competitive itch in the future but killed any chance of a football comeback.

As a father, I can tell you one of the greatest rewards is to see your children grow into what you hope they can be.

Elway praised Manning for "revolutionizing the quarterback position". Manning choked up talking about how much those moments meant to him.

Manning said, "I revere football... so if you wonder if I'll miss football, absolutely I will", and thanked coaches and teammates as well as naming opponents and opposing coaches he will miss.

"He was always very willing with his time and signed as many autographs as anybody else did with the Indianapolis Colts", said Lanke, who added Manning will leave a lasting legacy.

"This is a joyous day and nothing can take away from this day", Manning said.