Panthers ‘don’t really care’ if Super Bowl is Peyton Manning’s last game
Members of the Carolina Panthers not surprisingly have stated the team is not concerning itself with whether or not Super Bowl 50 ends up being the last game ever played by Peyton Manning.
“We don’t really care if this is his last game,” Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert said, via the Charlotte Observer. “He’s played what – 18, 19 years? He’s had enough, you know what I’m saying? It’s our turn.”
Agreeing with Tolbert is Panthers safety Tre Boston.
“So if a man has the last piece of pizza in the world, are you going to take that last piece?” he said. “One of y’all got to live! One of us has to win, and I’m not trying to lose. It’s you and that one man. You gonna live or not? I’m trying to win. I don’t care who you are.”
Audio was captured of a conversation Manning shared with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick following the AFC Championship Game during which the Denver Broncos signal-caller hinted that this last run at Super Bowl glory could be his “last rodeo.”
Expect the uncertain future of Manning and that he may be playing in his last NFL game when he takes the field at Levi’s Stadium to be a predominant story line throughout the next week-and-a-half, not that the Panthers need to concern themselves with it.
Put plainly, it would be disconcerting to say the least had a Panthers player expressed any sort of reservation over how beating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl because it would be marred by the realization that Manning didn’t finish his career holding the Lombardi Trophy.