The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl Sunday night, and one question immediately entered the minds of football fans everywhere.
Was this Peyton Manning’s final NFL game?
CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson asked the question in a postgame interview. NFL commissioner Robert Goodell made mention of Manning’s “last rodeo” and Jim Nantz wondered the same while Manning held the Lombardi Trophy in front of thousands of fans at Levi’s Stadium.
The 18-year NFL veteran did not crack once.
“Is this it?” Nantz asked Manning. “Will you ever step foot on the field again tonight or do you walk off with the fairy tale ending, holding this in your hand?”
“I got some good advice from Tony Dungy who’s going into the Hall of Fame and my old coach,” Manning said during a postgame interview. “He said don’t make an emotional decision. This has been a very emotional week, an emotional night and I got a couple of priorities in order. I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids, celebrate with my family and teammates and I am going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim. Budweiser. Von Miller is buying and those are my priorities at this point.”
If Sunday night was Manning’s last go-around, it truly was a fairy tale ending. The former Volunteers star went 13-for-23 for 143 passing yards in the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Panthers for his second Super Bowl victory.