AFC Championship Game: Is This Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's Last Hurrah?

By Ryan Wenzell
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning has had a season for the ages. He has broken the touchdowns record, the yards record and has his team one win away from the Super Bowl. You could not dream up a better season.

If Manning ends up taking home the ultimate prize it really would close the chapter on the season and career of a lifetime. It is no secret that Manning is getting older. Neck issues almost had him retire from the game years before he was prepared to.

The real question is if he does reach the top of the mountain, will he ride off into the sunset? Manning is due for a physical in March where doctors will advise him whether it is safe to continue to play or not. There is a distinct possibility that this will be Manning’s last season.

Much like legendary linebacker Ray Lewis, what better way to go out then to get a ring in your final season? A second Super Bowl ring would really cement Manning’s legacy as the greatest to ever do it in my opinion.

I honestly think if Manning and the Denver Broncos get the job done against Manning’s old nemesis, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and then ultimately in two weeks in the big one it would be the perfect time to hang ’em up.

What else would Manning have to prove? He has just broken every regular season record, and he would have another Super Bowl ring. There wouldn’t be much if any reason to continue to risk his health going forward.

Enjoy this moment, football fans. It may be the final season we witness the greatness that is No. 18.

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