Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Super Bowl 50 Likely to Be Manning's Final Fling

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Super Bowl 50 Likely to Be Manning's Final Fling

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Peyton Manning acknowledged the end of his career may be near.

In the aftermath of Denver's victory over New England in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Manning divulged the not so surprising information during his postgame hug with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in an exchange captured by NFL Films cameras. "Hey, listen, this might be my last rodeo," Manning said. "So, it sure has been a pleasure."

Belichick replied: "You're a great competitor."

During his news conference after the Broncos' 20-18 win, Manning said, "There is no question this is a sweet day. . To me, this victory is a great example of what this entire season has been like. It hasn't been easy."

But the 39-year-old quarterback declined to revisit the past, including the foot injury that sidelined him for six games this season. Nor would he allow himself to think too far ahead to Super Bowl 50. …

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