A Super Bowl victory would be a great way for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to end his career, and that's what his father Archie thinks will happen, per Jeff Darlington of NFL Media (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk).
"I think Peyton’s done in Denver," Archie Manning said Sunday. "He may be done everywhere. So that’s my—you know what? I don’t stick my nose in it, so I don’t know that. I don’t know that. But that’s my guess."
It wouldn't come as a surprise, and the 39-year-old quarterback was asked twice if he is going to retire after Sunday's 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. "I don't know the answer to that," he responded, per Mike Chappell of Indianapolis' Fox 59.
If this was Manning's last game, he will retire as the all-time leader in passing yards (71,940) and touchdowns (539) and with a Super Bowl ring for each hand. His trophy case includes five Associated Press MVP awards in addition to a 2006 Super Bowl MVP award, and he's a 14-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro.
He's also a two-time Super Bowl champion, which has helped him financially, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post:
Peyton Manning recouped the $4 million pay cut he took this season: $2M for AFC championship and $2M for Super Bowl win.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 8, 2016
Between his playing days and numerous endorsement deals, money shouldn't be an issue for Manning, but the incentives have to make the win—and season—that much better.
On top of his storied career, Manning also has to think about his health. He's had four neck surgeries, and this week he said hip surgery is in his future.
It won't be easy for a player who has been in the league since 1998 to walk away. But this feels like the right time for him to step away and be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game, and his father apparently agrees.