If former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning is planning to retire, he’s not letting anyone know about it. Not even his Denver Broncos teammates.
“Gut feeling is 60/40 that he will, but just a gut feeling,” Broncos offensive guard Evan Mathis said during an appearance on SiriusXM radio, as reported by 247 Sports reporter Ian McCue.
Former Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson, who also plays for the Broncos, spoke recently about Manning’s emotional address on the Saturday before Super Bowl 50 during an interview on NFL Network.
“So it was one of those things when he started choking up and everything, we was like, ‘Oh, is he gonna say it?’ He never said it but I think we all kind of got an idea (he would retire),” Jacksons said. “So I don’t know if that was his last speech for a team, but you could definitely tell maybe it was getting closer.”
Manning, who turns 40 next month, just completed his 18th NFL season with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury, and six games this past season with a foot injury, but played in all 16 games in each of his other 16 NFL seasons.