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Peyton Manning savors the moment during Denver's celebration of the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 victory which drew a million people to town.

Peyton Manning savors the moment during Denver’s celebration of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory which drew a million people to town.

DenverBroncos-Logo 3Denver, Colo. — One of the NFL’s most beloved players, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning formally announced his retirement from the game Monday at a press conference attended by many of his fellow players and heard words of praise from Bronco General Manager John Elway, Coach Gary Kubiak and Bronco’s President and CEO Joe Ellis.
Described as a cerebral quarterback who revolutionized the game, Peyton said early in his career he learned that he could process a lot of information and make really fast decisions. Because of this, coaches and offensive coordinators put a lot on his plate gave him a lot of trust. He said it was a fun way to play football, but that he couldn’t have done it without his fellow players.
Asked about his proudest moments he called up his recent Super Bowl 50 win and said “Obviously having my family and being able to hold my kids a month ago with that Super Bowl Trophy was one that you’ll always remember” He then went through some of the small moments “that have been a huge part of my career.” He went on to say that he was “grateful for the relationships and friendships that I formed in the 18 years that I’ve played.”
He said he would miss “steak dinner at St. Elmo’s in Indianapolis after a win. I’ll miss that handshake with New England QB Tom Brady. I’ll miss that plane ride after a big win with 53 team mates standing in the aisles laughing and celebrating during the whole flight. I’ll miss figuring out blitzes with former Indianapolis C. Jeff Saturday. Former Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne sitting on top of the bench next to me and perfecting a fake handoff to former Indianapolis RB Edgerrin James. I’ll miss WR Demaryius Thomas telling me that he loved me and thanking me for coming to Denver after every touchdown that I throw to him.”
“And this is important football fans everywhere need to know how much they have meant to me over the years. Fans, you are at the core of what makes this game remarkable. I’ve received more letters from you than I can count. Fan letters that have touched me made me think, laugh and moved me to act.”
This writer has tried to think about what made Peyton Manning’s games so special. I think it was the aura of complete confidence and control that he exuded when he took the field. And the excitement that he and the team generated as they seemingly effortlessly moved down to the red zone. His terse precise “Omaha, Omaha”, could get a “go Peyton” holler from this jaded sports writer. Every time.
To view the full transcript of the press conference, including opening comments by Ellis, Elway and Kubiak, click HERE.
Later this week Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler rejected what Elway called a “fair offer” and accepted a deal to become quarterback for the Houston Texans. Osweiler agreed Wednesday to a four-year, $72-million deal with Houston with $37 million guaranteed. Elway said it had become apparent Osweiler did not want to return to Denver.
Denver also lost defensive end Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan in free agency.
The Broncos have released tight end Owen Daniels, right guard Louis Vasquez and long snapper Aaron Brewer.
Meanwhile the Chicago Bears and particularly the Miami Dolphins are talking to Broncos star running back C.J. Anderson.
The Broncos Wednesday signed a 3-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson worth $14 million with $10 million guaranteed until 2019.
And, the Broncos are keeping star linebacker Von Miller.
The Broncos Saturday reached a restructured deal to keep offensive linebqacker DeMarcus Ware.
On the quarterback front, the Broncos still have rookie Trevor Siemian, a former Northwestern Wildcat approaching his second season with Denver.
The Broncos are said to be considering making offers to quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryan Hoyer and/or Robert Griffin III.
What’s next?? We’ll see . . . .
C.L. and H.E.

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