From recently getting his reputable name dragged through the mud by slanderous doping reports from Al Jazeera, to being called all kinds of inhumane names and being booed by Denver fans due to his struggles earlier in the season, you’d think that Denver’s 39-year-old quarterback and five-time league MVP Peyton Williams Manning was done for good in the NFL. And then, in a twisted tale of fate, Week 17 of the NFL happened.., and things suddenly changed for the better for the #18 Broncos man. With Denver’s playoff status on the line and San Diego leading the game, Manning made a second half appearance and rescued Denver from five turnovers to clinch the division and home field advantage throughout the playoffs in a stunning 27-20 home win over the Chargers.
And as you’d expect from the fickle world of NFL betting, where the only true allegiance is on winners and making money, all the season-long talks about Manning’s retirement are starting to change, at least for now, with many still claiming that he should stay for at least one more year in order for him to give us more of his old-man man magic.
Now, if you know Manning, then you know that he is a person who is obsessed with winning and breaking records, two things he has done very commendably in his career. Unfortunately, the last two years have arguably been the worst two seasons for him, indicating that it may be time for the old man to hang his playing boots.
Since the tumultuous second half of the 2014-15 regular season that culminated in that forgetful home playoff loss to Indianapolis, there haven’t been too many positives in Manning’s name. This year, he finished the regular season with a pathetic 67.9 rating, 2, 249 passing yards, 9 TDs against a whopping 17 interceptions, a career-worst stat line and a concerning production that saw him relegated to a backup role.
By the start of the 2016-2017 season, Peyton will be 40 years, and given what we’ve seen this year, his production could quite possibly be worse. Not to mention, his injury concerns continue to pile up, and after Brock Osweiler showed that he is capable of leading the team, there is simply no way the Broncos will bring Manning back with a $21 million cap figure. So rather than sticking around for more mockery, injuries and tarnishing off his stellar career, the future Hall of Famer would better retire and give himself a much-needed rest from this football life he has served so diligently—of course forgetting his last two years.
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