Photo credit: Joe Amon / Denver Post
Author: Jon Kuzma
Peyton Manning has told his family members that this will be his last year of professional football. While many football fans are disappointed to hear that Manning is walking away. This shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone in the football industry. Manning’s old age has caught up with him and it was clearly seen in his play throughout this season. While some Manning optimist believed that he has a couple more years left in him. The results on the field told a different story. Manning was overwhelmingly ineffective in the regular season. In fact he was so bad at one point that analysts and insiders around the league questioned whether or not Manning was actually holding the Denver Broncos back. The truth is Manning struggles now with the game from a physical stand point. The arm isn’t what it used to be. Causing him to put more balls in the dirt than ever. He also has seen the hits pile up over time. Now that Manning’s body is frail any hit could potentially re-injure that already damaged neck. After multiple operations to the injury and a complete loss of feeling in his finger tips. Manning has decided that walking away from the game with some of his health intact is the best move for his family and himself. Manning will have a bright life after his football career. He has already dabbled into acting with his Papa John’s commercials and his laundry list of other endorsements. So he could easily make it as a television analyst or as an actor. One other post playing opportunity might be to take the field as a coach. It was reported that Ole Miss offered Manning their head coaching job while Manning was sidelined for a season with an injury. Being such a bright football mind you have to figure that there would be other suitors looking to land Manning to lead their football team. What young player wouldn’t want to play for the great Peyton Manning? Regardless one thing is for certain. Manning’s playing days are limited and this will most likely be the last game we see Manning play in. It’s up to him to leave it all out on the field and do everything he can to take down the Panthers. It won’t be an easy task by any means.
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