He’s in his 17th season and 38 years old, but Peyton Manning says he’s not retiring.
The NFL star was asked Wednesday (Dec. 24) if he planned to play in 2015, to which he revealed he will be the Denver Broncos quarterback, no matter what happens in this one.
“I have not thought about those circumstances at all,” Manning said. “I certainly plan on being back if the Broncos would have me, but at this point I’m kind of thinking about Oakland (his next game). I know this is the time where conversations about what head coaches are going to return and I guess for some reason I get to fall into that category because I’m closer to the same age as some of the coaches.
“I have no plans along those lines [of retiring],” he added. “I’m enjoying playing, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game and hopefully the game to follow that.”
Despite talk about him being on the decline, Manning leads the league in touchdown passes with 39. With one TD in Sunday’s (Dec. 28) regular-season finale against the Raiders, he’d become the first quarterback in league history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes.
Manning previously threw 49 touchdown passes in 2004 and threw a single-season record 55 touchdown passes last season.
Also, if he leads the Broncos to victory over the 3-12 Raiders, the team would finish 12-4 and Manning would have his 11th 12-win season as a starting quarterback. It would also give the Broncos a first-round bye in the postseason as the AFC’s No. 2 seed.