By Peter Gleason
Peyton Manning seems ready to say good-bye to the NFL.
The five-time NFL MVP will announce his retirement after 18 years during a news conference Monday at the Denver Broncos headquarters, a source familiar with the quarterback’s decision told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
He made four Super Bowl trips with two titles, set a mountain of records and earned a place on football’s Mount Rushmore. He will retire as NFL’s all-time leader in pass touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre).
Manning, who played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, was a first-ballot Hall of Famer-in-waiting before spinal fusion surgery caused him to miss the 2011 season. He went to the Broncos as a free agent in 2012 and authored the most prolific season of any quarterback in history in 2013. The Broncos made two Super Bowl trips in Manning’s final three seasons.
When he embraced New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the Broncos’ AFC Championship Game victory in January, NFL Films cameras captured audio of Manning hinting to the coach that the 2015 season would be his last.
“This might be my last rodeo. So it sure has been a pleasure,” Manning said.