Retirement is far from Peyton Manning's mind
The 37-year-old star quarterback has enjoyed a record-setting campaign this season
Peyton Manning shrugged off any notion that he might retire if he guides the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl 48 victory, saying he wants to keep playing.
The 37-year-old star quarterback, who enjoyed a record-setting campaign this season, would match his younger brother Eli with a second Super Bowl crown if the Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's championship game.
"I still enjoy playing football," said Manning. "I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can't produce, if I can't help a team, that's when I will stop playing.
"If that's next year, then maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing."
Manning underwent four neck surgeries and was released two years ago by the Indianapolis Colts, whom he led to a 2007 Super Bowl win over Chicago.
"I certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury and with changing teams," Manning said. "I've been truly on a one-year-at-a-time basis.
"So I really have no plans beyond this game. I had no plans coming into this season beyond this year. I think that it is the healthy way to approach your career at this stage."
Healthy is the key word for Manning. "I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point, coming off that surgery," Manning said. "I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that."
"I know that there have been a number of players who have walked away as champions. I'm sure that it is a great feeling for those people," Manning said.