It appears that NFL fans will be witness to Peyton Manning's final game in the NFL this Sunday at Super Bowl 50.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday afternoon that the quarterback has told his family and friends that he plans to retire after his fourth championship game.
"It really seems to be a matter of when Peyton Manning will actually announce that this is his final game," Rapoport said on NFL Network Monday. "Will he do it perhaps tonight? Will he do it on the podium if the Broncos win? Or maybe after a couple weeks.
"The reality is he let the cat out of the bag a little bit telling Bill Belichick this may be his last rodeo and any time that a player mentions that he may be thinking about retiring, usually that is it for Peyton Manning. I also know he has told close friends that he expects this to be his last game as well."
Manning did slip the secret to Belichick following the Broncos' 20-18 AFC Championship Game win over the Patriots.
“Hey, listen, this might my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure,” Manning told Belichick, according to audio captured by NFL Network.
It appears all that is left is to wait, but do not be surprised to see Manning announce the decision in the hours leading up to Super Bowl 50, rather than early this week, as to not be a distraction for the Broncos.
Although not surprising, the idea of one of the game's most legendary players retiring will surely make this game even more special.
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