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Peyton Manning on possibly missing football: ‘I got my fill’


Peyton Manning walked into retirement after winning Super Bowl 50, a triumphant victory that put the finishing touches on what stands as one of the best — if not the greatest — careers by a quarterback in NFL history.

Given that he’s spent his entire life devoted to football, one could reasonably expect that Manning may find the transition to life away from the game extremely difficult and will miss the competition, hard work and camaraderie — among other things — that helped define him not only as a player but as a person as well.

When confronted with the notion that he may miss playing football, Manning essentially stated that he’ll be just fine and has plenty of other potential endeavors and interests — in the game and otherwise — to keep him busy.

“People tell me that I’m going to miss football, that I’m going to have withdrawals. But I got my fill,” Manning said at the Northern Colorado Sports Awards on Tuesday, per the Coloradan’s Matt Stevens, via “There are things I want to do. I want to see the New York Giants play, . . . I want to see my Tennessee Vols. I want to do a lot of things I haven’t been able to do in 22 years.”

Manning also discussed winning the Super Bowl, something he equated to winning a state championship, something that must have sounded great to the 359 of the 1,300 in attendance who were high school athletes.

An 18-year NFL career in which countless records were broken and two Super Bowl championships were won certainly accounts for a lot of football, and that doesn’t even take into account his youth and college football careers. It’s likely that Manning in some way or another will find a way to remain involved in the game of football, whether that be coaching, broadcasting or otherwise.

But as far as playing football is concerned? At the age of 40 and a lot of wear and tear, it makes sense that Manning has had his fill.