Manning’s mother: ‘I would like for him to retire’
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As the confetti rained down at Levi’s Stadium after Peyton Manning and the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, Olivia Manning said it’s time for her son to retire.
Manning, 39, became the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl in a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Manning also became the first quarterback to win Super Bowl titles with two organizations.
Manning completed only 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards and an interception, but the stout Broncos defense shut down Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, sacking him six times, forcing two strip fumbles and an interception.
“I would like for him to retire, I would” she told ESPN and the Los Angeles Times. “Physically, I just don’t think it’s worth going on. He won a Super Bowl — it’s the best way to go out.”
Olivia Manning was asked how much she wanted this win for her son.
“Oh my goodness,” she said. “I guess more than I’ve ever wanted any of them. Just because he’s been through a lot, he’s going to be 40 years old (in March). To get a win for the Broncos, Denver’s a great city and great team. He loves this team. To get a win for them.”
Manning has not said he is going to retire but after going through an injury-plagued season in which he missed seven games and was pulled from another, the move is widely expected.
Broncos Executive Vice President and General Manager John Elway capped his Hall of Fame career 17 years ago with back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
“I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids,” Manning said during the trophy presentation. “I want to go celebrate with my family and teammates, and I’m going to drink a lot of beer. … Von Miller is buying. Those are my priorities at this point. I’ll take some time to reflect. And I’m going to say a prayer and a thank you to the man upstairs for this opportunity as well.”
Archie Manning told ESPN that he hopes to talk to his son soon about retirement.
“I’ve got 200-something texts on my phone, a lot of friends and everybody wants him to retire,” Archie Manning said. “Nine out of 10 people feel that way. This has kind of come to a head. A lot of things are pointing toward what everyone wants him to do.”