It's a busy time for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The 39-year-old veteran fielded questions at Super Bowl 50 Opening Night on Monday about his potential retirement and recent allegations of his use of human growth hormone in 2011.
There's been much speculation about what Manning will do after the season ends. Rumors revved up thanks to the midfield conversation he had with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick at the conclusion of the AFC Championship Game when Manning told Belichick, "This might be my last rodeo."
Speaking with reporters at Super Bowl 50 Opening Night, Manning touched on that postgame comment, per Around the NFL:
Manning says he told Brady same thing he told Belichick after AFC title game. 'This could be it. And I wanted to tell both of them.'— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 2, 2016
At the end of the worst season of his 18-year NFL career, Manning could win his second Super Bowl championship Sunday. And he said he thinks there's something left in his arm, per Around the NFL:
Peyton Manning: 'Like ol' Toby Keith said it: Maybe I'm not as good as I once was, but I can be good once as I ever was.'— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 2, 2016
Manning also addressed the HGH allegations. According to the Associated Press, the NFL will investigate Manning's recovery process following the allegations that surfaced in a report by Al Jazeera.
Manning talked openly about the issue, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post:
Manning took a vehement stance the moment the report surfaced in late December, telling ESPN's Lisa Salters (via ESPN.com) he was "furious" and "disgusted" he was implicated. The report stated that Manning's wife received HGH, according to one pharmacist who later recanted the claim.
The NFL will likely look into the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis, where Manning rehabbed after neck surgery, and delve into Manning's records and files.
Manning addressed that as well, per the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch:
I asked Peyton if he will let the NFL have access to his Guyer Institute records: "They can have whatever they want."— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) February 2, 2016
Manning is the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. The five-time MVP is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever put on pads.
There's a lot on his plate heading into the big game, though, and the Carolina Panthers stand in the way of that elusive second championship.
After the craziness of the Super Bowl subsides, Manning will likely address retirement and perhaps other rumors head-on—regardless of the result of the game.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.