Peyton Manning professional football career is over. The soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback is retiring from the NFL, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Manning's expected to officially announce his retirement during a Denver Broncos press conference on Monday at 1:00 PM ET.
Manning's retirement doesn't come as a surprise. Despite being one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, his performance has severely declined. He was one of the worst starting quarterbacks in 2015. Fortunately for Manning, Denver's defense was able to carry him to his second Super Bowl win in February. It's a storybook ending to his career, which first began back when he was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1998.
In 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Broncos, Manning accumulated a 186-79 starting record, 65.3%, 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns to 251 interceptions, and a 96.5 rating. He holds a number of NFL records and he's bound to be a Hall of Famer one day.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat Manning once in the five times they faced off. That 2010 game at Lincoln Financial Field was a really fun moment for Birds fans. It came down to the wire and Asante Samuel sealed the victory by picking Manning off. Samuel brought both of the footballs that he intercepted to his post-game press conference.