Should Peyton Manning Retire if Broncos Win 2014 Super Bowl?

By Phil Naegely
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After playing well behind a dominant defensive performance, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are heading to Super Bowl XLVIII. They will take on an athletic quarterback and league-best defense in the Seattle Seahawks. As a result, Manning could win a Super Bowl two years after having serious neck surgery. If the Broncos win, one question must be asked. Should Manning call it a career and retire?

Before we answer the question, let’s take a look at Manning’s season so far.

To call Manning’s 2013-14 NFL season historic is an understatement. At this moment, the Denver QB broke six records and joined Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only NFL players to throw for over 60,000 yards. It would be an injustice to not also mention that he won his fifth NFL MVP this season. He has clearly shown everyone why the Broncos took a “risk” by signing him last season.

If Manning leads the Broncos and wins Super Bowl XLVIII, then he definitely should retire. I understand that his play drives television traffic and draws fans to love him due to his easy going personality. However, he should retire because he will be going out on top. It would be a shame if he stuck around a few more years and was out of his prime and looked like a fool throwing the football. The last thing NFL fans need is another Farve who didn’t know when to stop.

With a win at MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning should announce his retirement immediately, so he can go down as a champion and become one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever. However, if he doesn’t retire with a win, people will be wondering why he stuck around as his career starts to falter before our eyes.

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