WASHINGTON — The NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns is hanging up his cleats, according to reports.
Woody Paige first reported Manning would make the announcement, though Paige said Manning would announce it by the end of last week. Late Saturday night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Manning would make the announcement officially on Monday. Mike Garafolo later added the quarterback had made a round of phone calls informing those in charge of the Denver Broncos.
Fresh off his second Super Bowl win and 18th full season (19, including the year he missed at the end of his time with the Indianapolis Colts), Manning will go down as one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks, and players, ever. He turns 40 on March 24 and his ability has noticeably declined over the past two seasons, but just three years ago he put together one of the best seasons in history for a quarterback, throwing for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions en route to a Super Bowl appearance, but his Denver Broncos were routed by the Seattle Seahawks in that game.
Tributes and praise for Manning immediately came pouring in Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Peyton was everything we thought he was and even more - for our team & community. What an AMAZING career & we're thankful he was a Bronco!!— John Elway (@johnelway) March 6, 2016
For my money, Peyton Manning was the best regular season quarterback I ever saw. I'll take him over anybody from September to December.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 6, 2016
Peyton Manning retires as one of greatest players in history of American sports. His exact place is fun to debate, impossible to determine.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 6, 2016
Congrats to the best EVER! Peyton Manning! Thanks for GIVING US U!!!— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) March 6, 2016
In regards to the news filed by @mortreport that Peyton Manning will retire tomorrow...it was a honor to watch you 18. Thank you— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) March 6, 2016
Man thank you P thank you 4 all the memories I love you man believe me I have a friend 4 life. A 9 year old fan to a teammate P G.O.A.T— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 6, 2016
Tom Brady has the rings, and his 2007 was from a different galaxy. But I still think Peyton Manning is the best quarterback of my lifetime.— Robert Mays (@robertmays) March 6, 2016
Easy to forget how much doubt hovered around Peyton Manning after the 4 neck surgeries. Since then: 1639-2479, 19,062 yds, 151 TDs, 59 INTs.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2016
Come to think of it, I've been blown out by Peyton more times than I've won games against him lol. Those games got ugly fast...— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) March 6, 2016
It's going to be different going into next season without Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant to talk about. pic.twitter.com/vulgGeNe0V— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 6, 2016
There have been so many Sundays dedicated to talking about, and watching, Peyton Manning. Fitting that news about him breaks on a Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2016
Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway released the following statement, per DenverBroncos.com.
“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. 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.”
Manning will finish his career with 71,940 passing yards, 539 touchdowns, 251 interceptions, a 96.5 passer rating and 52 game-winning drives. His teams went 186-79 all-time, including 141-67 with the Colts and 45-12 with the Broncos, and he only endured two losing seasons in his career — those were also the only two seasons he won fewer than 10 games, except n 2015, when he was benched for Brock Osweiler after compiling a 7-2 record.
Manning went 4-1 all-time against the Redskins, throwing 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. His only loss came to the 2002 Redskins, led by Shane Matthews and Stephen Davis. Washington led 20-0 at one point in that game, but Manning led the Colts back, only to lose 26-21.