Because, hey, 6 AM Central time on a Sunday is as good a time to let this slip as any, yeah?
This just came across the Twitters from Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.
Filed to ESPN: Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will announce his retirement Monday in Denver per source familiar with the QB's decision— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 6, 2016
Manning, who won his second Super Bowl last month. . .yeah, it's been a month already. . .with the Denver Broncos, will obviously go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. He's the only five-time Most Valuable Player in league history, and is the all-time leader in both passing yardage and passing touchdowns.
As far as our favorite football team is concerned, no team led by Peyton Manning ever lost to the Minnesota Vikings. Manning was 4-0 in his career against Minnesota, putting up the following numbers in those games:
24 December 2000 (at Indianapolis): 283 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, Colts win 31-10
8 November 2004 (at Indianapolis): 268 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, Colts win 31-28
14 September 2008 (at Minnesota): 311 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, Colts win 18-15
4 October 2015 (at Denver): 213 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, Broncos win 23-20
The Vikings came close to beating Manning a few times, but just never could take him down. Now, after much speculation, it appears that Manning will be hanging it up and preparing for induction into Canton in five years.
One of the all-time greats in NFL history appears to be calling it a career. Do you have any memories of Manning outside of his games against Minnesota, Viking fans?