There’s been much speculation the soon-to-be-40-year-old quarterback will retire after beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win his second Super Bowl ring.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, Manning said Tony Dungy, his former coach with the Indianapolis Colts, advised him not to make a quick, emotional decision.
“He said: ‘Do me a favor. Listen to your coach. Take some time. Get away with your family. Reflect on what’s occurred this past season, what’s occurred in this Super Bowl and then take some time and make a calmer decision,'” Manning said. “So I’m going to follow my coach’s advice. I’m going to enjoy this Super Bowl victory and celebrate with my family and friends. I’ll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then at the appropriate time, I think I’ll make a decision.”
Manning added that “whatever the decision is, I have a real peace about it.”
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If the decision was up to Manning’s mother, Olivia, the quarterback would hang up his cleats.
“I would like for him to retire,” she told the Los Angeles Times after the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California. “I would. Physically, I just don’t think it’s worth going on. He won a Super Bowl — it’s the best way to go out.”
Manning’s father, Archie, meanwhile predicted that, at the very least, Peyton has played his last game with the Broncos.
“I think Peyton’s done in Denver. He may be done everywhere. … That’s my guess,” Archie told NFL Media.
Before last season, Peyton Manning agreed to slash his base pay by $4 million to remain with the Broncos, although he earned that money back by triggering bonuses for reaching and then winning the Super Bowl.
The Broncos would save $19 million against the salary cap if they release him.