Peyton Manning captured the second Vince Lombardi Trophy of his career Sunday night when the Denver Broncos downed the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50, but clarity regarding the end of the legendary signal-caller's career is still elusive.
As the Broncos stormed the field in celebration at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Manning (13-of-23, 141 yards, one interception) told CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson he plans on soaking in the moment before making a decision about retirement.
"I'll take some time to reflect. ... I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy," Manning said, via the Gazette's Paul Klee.
When Manning hit the postgame podium and addressed the same question from CBS' Jim Nantz, he provided a similar response.
"I got some good advice from Tony Dungy, and that’s not to make an emotional decision,” he said, via Pro Football Talk's Zac Jackson. "I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids and celebrate with my teammates. I’m going to take a lot of beer tonight."
On Monday, Manning appeared on the Today Show and provided a similar answer when asked again about retirement, via WTHR.com:
Whatever the decision is, I have real peace about it. ...
I'm going to enjoy this Super Bowl victory and celebrate with my family and friends.
I'll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then at the appropriate time, I think I'll make a decision. I have to tell you, though, I'm very much at peace with it.
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According to SportsCenter on Sunday, Manning made it clear he wouldn't be shelling out for the suds:
Although Manning played things close to the vest amid the jubilation, he may have tipped his hand following the Broncos' AFC Championship Game win over the New England Patriots.
"Hey, listen, this might be my last rodeo," he said, according to NFL Films (via ESPN.com). "So it sure has been a pleasure."
Should the 39-year-old call it quits, it would be to the delight of his mother. Following the win, Olivia Manning reportedly told ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor, "I want Peyton to retire."
Mother generally knows best, and this case may be no different.
Manning is arguably the most prolific passer of all time, and Sunday's win was the 200th of his career, according to NFL on ESPN.
With another Lombardi Trophy on his mantel and the Broncos on top of the football world, it would be hard to hold it against Manning if he decided to call it quits in the offseason.