It has already been more than a year since legendary quarterback Peyton Manning has announced his retirement.
And even though he had many opportunities to watch games and to stick around the sport, the 41-year-old does not miss the game as much as he thought he would. Manning opened up about his first year away from the football field in decades, in an interview with the Times-Picayune:
"I did not miss it like a lot of people told me that I would. People would say, 'Don't go to games. You're going to feel miserable. It's not what you want to do.' And that just wasn't true. I enjoyed being at games; I enjoyed being a fan.
"I heard Derek Jeter say, they asked him if he missed it. And he said, look, if you could parachute in just for the World Series, yeah, he'd love to do that. But, as far as everything that goes into getting ready for that, I did it for a long time, and I got to kind of end on my terms and was very much at peace with it all year."
His father, Archie Manning, told a reporter last week that his son received a text message from Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who worked with Manning as offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos back in 2013-14. Here's how the conversation went down:
"It started with Gase," Archie Manning said of the exchange at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State. "He said, 'Hey 18, Tannehill went down.' He said, 'I think he's going to miss some time. The first question I'm going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I'm going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'
"The text message came back from Peyton, 'You tell them I could probably come play, but there's no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.' So, he was done."
Manning played 18 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Broncos. He completed 6,125 out of 9,380 passes for 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns and 251 interceptions. He won the Super Bowl twice, in 2006 ans 2015.
Source: The Times-Picayune · Photo Credit: Keystone Press