Well, for those who were waiting for Peyton Manning to finally make a decision on his NFL future, it seems as if that decision is coming Monday, per Chris Mortenson of ESPN.
Filed to ESPN: Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday in Denver per source familiar with the QB's decision— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 6, 2016
The news might not surprise many, but the fact of one of the greatest players to ever grace the NFL hanging up the cleats for good marks the end of an era. Peyton Manning holds nearly every quarterback record in NFL history, and a slew of individual achievements to conclude what will certainly be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame career.
Just take a look at Manning's individual achievements throughout this NFL career:
- 5x NFL MVP (2003 (shared with Steve McNair), 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
- 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2004, 2013)
- Best NFL Player ESPY Award (2004, 2005)
- 14× Pro Bowl (1999-2000, 2002-2010, 2012-2014)
- 7× First-team All-Pro (2003-2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
- 3× Second-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2006)
- 3× Bert Bell Award (2003, 2004, 2013)
- 8× AFC Offensive Player of the Year Awards (1999, 2003-2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
- 1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
- 2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
- Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award (2005, 2014)
- 2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
- 2005 Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award
- 2005 Pro Bowl MVP
- 2007 Super Bowl MVP
- 2007 Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
- 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
- Additionally, Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month a record eight times (9/2003, 11/2004, 10/2006, 9/2009, 9/2012, 10/2012, 9/2013, 12/2013) and Offensive Player of the Week a record 26 times (25 AFC, 1 NFL/playoff).
Manning was previously considered the greatest regular season quarterback of all-time, but after his latest, and second, Super Bowl championship he solidified his name as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, quarterback in NFL history.
Like him or not, the NFL won't be the same without No. 18 dissecting defenses the way only he could.