5 Reasons Why Peyton Manning Should Not Retire After Super Bowl XLVIII
5 Reasons Peyton Manning Should Not Retire After Super Bowl XLVIII
Leaving as a champion is something athletes dream of in certain cases. Michael Strahan,Ray Lewis and John Elway all called it quits after winning Super Bowls. These gridiron greats already had their legacies cemented; this was just an added chapter. Now another all-time great faces reality that the end is near. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leads his team in an attempt at their first world title since after the 1998 season. Since then many signal-callers have tried to bring them back, but players like Jake Plummer and Tim Tebow could only come so close to this goal. At 13-3 they were the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will go up against the NFC's best in the Seattle Seahawks.
There have been several key back stories from media members. These include Richard Sherman's trash talking and Marshawn Lynch's skipping of Media Day. Denver’s signal-caller will enter his third Super Bowl on Sunday while looking for his second championship. As I have said recently, his legacy remains intact no matter what happens. I will discuss why his achievements while great should not close the book. More seasons on the field could lead to better things. This team has tremendous talent which also makes sticking around even more appealing. In fact his current surrounding cast may be the best in his illustrious career.
Family lineage brings an added reason for playing longer. Future considerations roster-wise also would benefit Denver for at least another year. Without any further adieu here are five reasons why this future Hall of Fame Inductee should not hang up his cleats up just yet.
5. Replacements are Not Ready
If Manning were to retire it’s going to be a problem. Brock Osweiler brings great height and arm strength, but his mechanics need work in regards to his throwing motion. As a former second-round choice, he might represent their next option. Zac Dysert could have potential as well, but who knows what he truly will become. Both can use more seasoning behind No. 18.
4. Skill Position Talent is so Good
Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker are tremendous outside receivers, and Wes Welker is a great slot guy. Decker may leave in free agency, but this QB can make anyone good. No matter who starts at running back in 2014 they should contend as long as he is playing.
3. Family Bragging Rights
It may not matter to Peyton, but right now younger brother Eli Manning has the advantage in rings. It must bug him sometimes that Eli sports more championships. Getting one on Sunday plus at least one more would help him gain that advantage.
2. Chasing Brett Favre
Only 18 more regular season touchdowns would put Manning past Brett Favre for most scores of all time. On the surface it may not mean much to him, but it would be too prestigious of a record to walk away from.
1. He Still Wants to Play
Throwing 55 touchdowns this year shows that the 37-year-old has plenty left in the tank. If he still enjoys the game, which is true according to his latest press conference, then Manning should continue. Personally, I don’t feel one can hang on too long. People said this about Favre, but he was coming off perhaps a career- best 2009 campaign. Injury was his downfall behind a poor offensive line. As long as Manning’s neck fusion holds up and the desire to play remains, no one should tell him when to retire.