Posted January 26, 2014

Peyton Manning says he ‘certainly’ wants to keep playing beyond Super Bowl XLVIII

AFC West, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XLVIII
Peyton Manning signed a five-year deal with the Broncos prior to the 2012 season.

Peyton Manning signed a five-year deal with the Broncos prior to the 2012 season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Following the 2011 season, Peyton Manning’s career was in doubt. The Colts’ quarterback was coming off a lost season in which he missed all 16 games as he recovered from neck surgery, prompting some to question whether he would ever rediscover his previous form.

Two years later, none of those questions persist. Manning is coming off a record year in which he shattered the single-season marks for passing touchdowns and yards, and he has the Broncos in the Super Bowl. It’s been a remarkable comeback, and while Manning isn’t ready to look too far down the road, he doesn’t think Super Bowl XLVIII — win or lose — will be the final chapter in the Book of Manning.

“I certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury and with changing teams,” Manning told reporters Sunday night. “I’ve been truly on a one-year-at-a-time basis. So, I really have no plans beyond this game. I had no plans, coming into this season, beyond this year. I think that it is the healthy way to approach your career at this stage.

“I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point, coming off that surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the games. Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help a team, that’s when I will stop playing. If that’s next year, then maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”

10 comments
FrankBeans
FrankBeans

Manning 5477, Brees 5476


Maybe you need a better understanding of what "shattered" a record means.

JimOndercik
JimOndercik

I can't wait till he loses again.  He is overrated, and I cannot wait until the Seahawks know him out of the game, and break his neck.

brunoboyzzz
brunoboyzzz

I don't think Manning is the kind of player that would go back on his word and retire if he can still play before Denver has a chance to at least replace him with another QB.

If Manning retires, we will know in March when he has his next exam.

RCH
RCH

@FrankBeans Not only only did he not "shatter" the record he didn't even set the record due to his 7 yard lateral.  

nypd2726
nypd2726

@FrankBeans 


Maybe YOU need to understand what taking a man out of a game means once he breaks the record....

nypd2726
nypd2726

@JimOndercik 


You sound like you possess more than a modicum of intelligence. Having said that, I hope you recognize you're in desperate need of help.