After two Super Bowl victories and five NFL MVP Awards, Peyton Manning will no longer lace up his spikes. Instead, he’ll officially hang those cleats up Monday during a press conference.
That means a stunning Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers will mark the 14-time Pro Bowler’s final football game. Manning leaves
Unfortunately, he also leaves pro pigskin with two scandals somewhat hanging over his head. The more modern one involves accusations of HGH use, which the outgoing Denver Broncos captain has called “a joke.” The other stems from his collegiate days as quarterback of the Tennessee Volunteers, when he allegedly sexually assaulted a team trainer. Manning has also refuted those reports, which resurfaced just in time for last month’s big game.
Neither allegation has officially played out enough yet to be proven or disproven, but both warrant mention for a moment like this. As do Manning’s amazing on-field accomplishments, which his soon-to-be-former boss John Elway and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell both spoke to on Sunday.
The two also vouched for Manning’s character, which has generally appeared to be squeaky clean through his pro career.
“When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Elway said in a statement. “Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”
“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” Goodell added at the time. “Peyton’s competitive fire and love of
Manning’s press conference begins at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
One way to check it out live is via the WatchESPN app; ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and ESPN Radio will also cut to the breaking news at the time, TheWrap has learned. The NFL Network will also cover the press conference live, we’re told.
After all is said and done on Manning’s career being said and done, take a look at the Indianapolis Colts/Denver Broncos legend’s NFL statistics here.