It looks like Peyton Manning is officially going out as a winner.
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According to NFL.com, Manning is set to announce his retirement on Monday at 1 p.m. EST after playing for 18 seasons. Manning called Broncos coach Gary Kubiak and VP John Elway to tell them on Saturday night.
Peyton's future has been questioned greatly since he won the Super Bowl 50 last month, his second time. The Broncos expected this apparently, and have already offered his replacement, Brock Osweiler, a three-year contract. Publicly at least, Manning remained coy about retirement.
However, many agree he is leaving the game at the right time.
"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it's easy to see how fortunate we've been to have him on our team," said Elway. "Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more -- not only for the football team but in the community. I'm very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career."
Manning will retire as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history. He holds records all over the charts, and one of the winningest. However, injury has plagued him for the last few seasons.
"Being hurt and struggling early in the season wasn't a lot of fun so I was grateful to get back heathy and to try and play my part these past couple of weeks," Manning said after winning Super Bowl 50 over the Panthers.
In the end, however, it looks like Manning going out on top was too good for Manning to pass up.
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"Along the way we talked about dreaming that it could end the way it ended," Kubiak said in a statement. "And I'll be damned it did."