SANTA CLARA, Calif. (The Sports Xchange) – Mom may know best, and Olivia Manning says it is time for her son Peyton to retire following his Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night.
Manning, 39, became the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl when the Broncos upset the Panthers 24-10 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Manning completed just 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards and an interception — a 56.6 passer rating — but the Broncos’ outstanding defense shut down Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, sacking him six times — 2 1/2 of them by linebacker Von Miller, chosen as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Two of Miller’s sacks resulted in fumbles that gave the Broncos their first touchdown and led to the second.
Standing under the falling confetti after the win, Olivia Manning had just watched her son win the second Lombardi Trophy of his Hall of Fame career.
“I would like for him to retire,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I would. 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 told the Times. “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.”
Most people expect Manning to retire, just as his boss, Broncos general manager John Elway, did after winning back-to-back championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Manning sidestepped the retirement question multiple times following his Super Bowl 50 win.
“I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids,” he said while holding the Lombardi Trophy. “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’s Ian O’Connor that he hopes to talk to his son this week or next 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.”