Turn out the lights, the party is over. At least that is the song of the day for one divisional rival, Broncos QB Peyton Manning. I know we have already had several articles covering the end of days for Peyton Manning but here is another because it is just that big of a deal. Also, this is Rival Report after all and Peyton Manning's retirement is bar none the biggest story from the rivals of the Raiders today.
Peyton Manning leaves this league forever changed due to the way that he was able to take charge on the field. He will have numerous records under his belt now that his stats are completely said and done including two big ones with the most yards ever thrown for and most touchdowns as well. He leaves tied for most wins ever for an NFL QB as well after tying Brett Favre at 186 wins with the Super Bowl 50 victory.
In the end, Peyton Manning left his mark on this league more so than just about any QB in the modern era. The way that he was able to be a coach on the field has enabled signal callers from all over the 32 teams to have far more input and say in the offenses they run. Peyton Manning wasn't the first player to have such control of an offense, but for the modern era it was an anomaly that has now become much more of the norm.
Despite several stories cropping up now questioning his integrity, for most of his career the integrity he showed on and off the field was almost unattackable. He leaves this game as the best regular season quarterback of all time, and despite his struggles in the post season he still has two super bowl rings to go with his regular season success.
He is leaving as arguably the best QB ever for some, and in the conversation for that title for most of us. I can't call him the best ever, but he certainly belongs in the conversation anyway. Kudos to Peyton for a terrific career and I for one will be very excited not to have to see our Raiders face off against him anymore on the field.
Breaking News: Peyton Manning to announce his retirement on Monday - Mile High Report
Manning is going out on top.
Peyton Manning's NFL goodbye a must-see event for football world - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
Peyton Manning's former teammates and coaches from the Broncos and Colts are expected to attend his retirement announcement on Monday.
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