As Peyton Manning prepares to play in his third Super this Sunday, the talk of retirement has come up with the soon-to-be 38 year-old quarterback.
Manning’s birthday is on March 24. Also in March, Manning will have an exam on his surgically repaired neck, and if Manning’s neck is stable, it is expected he will return next season.
But if the exam reveals an increased risk for injury, Manning would be forced to consider retirement.
Regardless, Manning said yesterday he doesn’t plan on retiring as of now:
“I certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury, with changing teams, and so I truly have been kind of a one-year-at-a-time basis,” Manning said.
“So I really have no plans beyond this game, had no plans coming into this season beyond this year. I think that’s the healthy way to approach kind of your career at this stage.”
Manning sat out the 2011 season, his last with the Colts, due to a neck injury. Those 16 games were the only ones Manning has missed in his NFL career.
In his second season with the Broncos, Manning rewrote the record books in 2013, breaking Drew Brees’ single-season passing yardage mark and Tom Brady’s single-season touchdowns record. The Broncos also set a new standard for points in a season with 606.
Assuming he’s back in 2014, the Bengals will host Manning and the Broncos, and he’s 8-0 all-time vs. Cincinnati with a 67-percent completion percentage, 2118 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions (107.6 QB rating).
In other words, the Bengals won’t exactly be heartbroken when the Peyton Manning retirement press conference takes place someday.