Peyton Manning addressed challenges to the Broncos, such as the midseason heart attack of Coach John Fox, this season at Sunday’s Super Bowl press conference. He addressed challenges to the Broncos this coming Sunday, such as the cold weather freezing up the team’s red-hot offense. But the most difficult challenge he addressed may have been the threat old age and injuries pose to his career.
“I certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury and with changing teams,” Manning explained. “I’ve been truly on a one-year-at-a-time basis. So, I really have no plans beyond this game. I had no plans, coming into this season, beyond this year. I think that it is the healthy way to approach your career at this stage.”
Setting a single-season NFL record for passing yards and touchdowns may be a great way to go out. Winning a Super Bowl would be an even better one. Manning mentioned Ray Lewis and John Elway as two players who left the game at a high point. So does the surefire Hall of Famer plan a similar exit?
“I still enjoy playing football,” Manning said. “I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point, coming off that surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the games. Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help a team, that’s when I will stop playing. If that’s next year, then maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”