By JUSTIN BLOOM
On March 7th, 2016, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, retired. After breaking several records and getting himself into the hall of fame he finally decided to call it quits. Peyton Manning is a thirty-nine year old quarterback with almost nineteen years of experience in the NFL which has taken a toll on his older body. However that hasn’t stopped him. With his arm strength deteriorating, he relies on his brains to complete plays and win games. Some even considered him one of the smartest players to ever set foot on an NFL field. Now with the most passing yards of any NFL quarterback ever to play the game and several other records, he is being praised by many as the best to ever play the position in the history of football.
His recent win in Super Bowl 50 did help to ease the decision to retire though, the ultimate decision whether to retire or not was extremely tough for Peyton for a few reasons. The first and probably most important reason was the heightened risk of injury. At almost forty years old, not only is his arm strength deteriorating but his bones and body are all more prone to injury. That leaves the question, why would he continue playing for possibly only one more year and still have a high chance of being seriously injured and have complications in the future? Another reason was his insane love for the game of football. His team, coaches and the entire league itself was an enormous part of his life that he may never be able to revisit again.
Peyton is a smart man and knows that this decision was one of the toughest decisions a player of his caliber would ever have to face, and with that, on March 7th 2016 in a press conference in Denver, Colorado, Peyton Manning officially retired. The football world will forever be changed with Peyton leaving. The bar has been set high for all quarterbacks now and for years to come, and who knows, we may never see another player like Peyton Manning again.