Peyton Manning Officially Announces His Retirement

Peyton Manning Officially Announces His Retirement
"Today I retire from pro football," the Denver Broncos quarterback said in a news conference Monday. So what's next for Manning?

After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl titles, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is retiring. 

"There's just something about 18 years. Eighteen is a good number. And today I retire from pro football," Manning said in a press conference

Manning's retirement doesn't exactly come as a shock. The soon-to-be 40-year-old is the oldest quarterback ever to start a Super Bowl.

And after the Broncos knocked off the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, on-field cameras caught Manning telling Pats coach Bill Belichick "this might be my last rodeo."

Manning exits as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total wins as a quarterback.

But Manning's postseason legacy has always been a point of criticism, which made his team's Super Bowl win that much more important. Manning now has two Super Bowl rings after Denver's victory. 

There's a reason Manning waited until after the season was over to make this decision. Manning said at Super Bowl Opening Night he didn't want a farewell tour throughout an entire season. 

And just because Manning is retiring from playing doesn't necessarily mean he's done with football. 

There's speculation he could consider a front-office job, with one report from CBS highlighting Cleveland and Tennessee as possible landing spots. 

This video includes clips from and Nationwide, and images from Getty Images.