All good things must come to an end. Every storied NFL career begins with a great potential, a climb through adversity, success on the field, difficulties off the field and that eventual crowning moment. Peyton Manning has already experienced all of these things. Yet, in the quest for many fans to consider him the greatest ever, he needs to accomplish one more thing, and then lay his gun to the ground. If you’re a football fan, soak it up…this will likely be Peyton Manning’s last ride.
8. He Turns 40 in March
Peyton Manning has been one of the best players in the NFL for a very long time. A very…long…time. The 39-year-old quarterback will enjoy his 40th birthday just over a month after the big game. The product of the University of Tennessee, as well as the Archie Manning household, Peyton Manning owns nearly every major NFL statistical record at the quarterback position. There are a couple of players (Tom Brady, Drew Brees) who are hot on his heels and will likely surpass him in the next couple of years, but these fellas are a wonderful product of what Peyton Manning brought to the game of football: the extra coach on the field of play. Considering Peyton’s injuries, it’s a small miracle he is still playing.