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Peyton_Manning_2014After much speculation and rumors, Peyton Manning officially announced his decision to retire from football.

This does not come as a surprise to many of Peyton Manning’s fans. Following the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, some recurring health issues, and becoming a five-time league MVP, Manning decided it was time. He made this decision official at a press conference held at the Broncos training facility on Monday afternoon.

Introductions were given by Broncos president Joe Ellis, general manager John Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak. As Peyton Manning took the stage, he gave a powerful speech with teary eyes. He became emotional when thanking his family and fans, stating “fans are at the core of what makes this game remarkable.”

He also thanked the NFL, his early years with the Colts, and the University of Tennessee. Towards the end of the speech, Manning reflected on his journey through football and how it impacted him as a whole, saying “[football] has taught me not to led by obstructions and setbacks, but to be led by dreams.”

Peyton Manning is best known for his decorated career with the NFL. He will be retiring as the highest-earning player in NFL history, bringing in over $248 million, which doesn’t include his many endorsement deals. Manning also holds the career record for passing touchdowns, passing yards, wins and game-winning drives.

Peyton Manning played professional football for 18 years, beginning with the Indianapolis Colts. He was starting quarter back for 17 seasons overall.

Manning ended the press conference on a positive note, saying “I fought the good fight, I finished my football race, and after 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you, and God bless football.”

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