Former Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan and former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw don’t always agree in their picks on Fox’s Sunday NFL pre-game show. But on Peyton Manning, the duo sees things the same way: Don’t retire.
Reports that the thirty-seven-year-old Manning’s neck issues might compel him to call it quits regardless of the Super Bowl’s outcome, and speculation that going out on a triumphant note might prove so seductive that the Broncos quarterback would retire should his team win, were presented to Strahan and Bradshaw during Thursday’s Super Bowl conference call organized by Fox.
“I didn’t realize how old he was because of how well he’s playing,” Michael Strahan admitted. “I think we’d be missing something if he won the Super Bowl, or if he didn’t win the Super Bowl, and then retired.” The NFL’s single-season sack leader noted, “I don’t see why someone at his skill level would think about retirement.”
If Manning retired after this season, he would hold records for most touchdowns passes in a season, most consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons, and most yards in a season. His career passing yards rank ahead of every other NFL quarterback save Bret Favre.