At his Super Bowl press conference on Sunday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reiterated his desire to continue playing football beyond this season, according to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter). “I certainly want to keep playing,” said Manning.
The 37-year-old noted that he will take the rest of his career on a season-by-season basis, with the status of his neck likely being a deciding factor. Chris Mortensen of ESPN recently reported that Manning will undergo tests on his neck in March, per his contract details. If injury risk has increased, Manning might be forced to retire. Manning dispelled notions that he would follow in the footsteps of John Elway and Ray Lewis, both of whom retired immediately following a late-career Super Bowl victory (Twitter link). “They couldn’t play any more,” he said. “I still enjoy playing football.”
Manning has enjoyed a career revitalization since coming to Denver in 2012. This season, he broke league records by throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He also led quarterbacks by a wide margin in DYAR, and helped the Broncos finish first in offensive DVOA.