By Frank Pingue
( Reuters) – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will announce his retirement from the NFL at a news conference in Denver on Monday, bringing an end to a career that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ESPN and nfl.com reported on Sunday.
Manning, who turns 40 later this month, will be going out on top after helping the Broncos to a Super Bowl upset victory last month over the Carolina Panthers, the media outlets reported, citing sources close to the quarterback.
The decision goes as the Broncos faced a Wednesday deadline in which Manning would be guaranteed $19 million from Denver for the 2016 National Football League season if he remained on the team’s roster.
One of the most prolific passers ever in the NFL, Manning revolutionized the quarterback posture during an 18 -year career that included two Super Bowl titles, five most valuable player awards and a slew of passing records.
Manning arrived across as a laid back southern boy but on the gridiron he was a clinical, ruthless challenger with an off-the-charts football IQ who changed plays at the line of scrimmage to outwit resisting defenses with his dead-on accuracy.
He played his final four seasons in Denver but his prime arrived during the course of its 14 years he spent in Indianapolis where he resulted the Colts to two Super Bowls berths, winning the big game in the 2006 campaign.
In addition to his career yards and passing touchdowns records and his record five MVP awards, Manning’s Super Bowl win dedicated him an NFL record 200 career wins including playoffs.
He also became the first favorite starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.
A foot trauma hampered Manning for much of the 2015 regular season and he demonstrated a distinct loss of hurling strength.
But after his return from a six-game absence, he avoided mistakes and helped support the fierce Broncos defense during an improbable late run to the NFL title as the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl.
( Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes and Larry Fine)
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