Immediately following last night’s Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning responded to questions about his future in the NFL saying that he had a “couple of priorities” to take care of before he made any plans for the future, including taking time with his family, drinking “a lot of Budweiser” and thanking “the Man Upstairs for this great opportunity” to play in and win another Super Bowl.
“You know, I’ll take some time to reflect,” said Peyton Manning. “I’ve got a couple of priorities first. I want to go kiss my wife and my kids. I want to go, you know, hunt my family. I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy. I promise you that. So I’m going to take care of those things first, and I’m definitely going to say a little prayer and thank the Man Upstairs for this great opportunity. I’m just very grateful.”
With a few moments to reflect, Peyton Manning, now holding the Lombardi Trophy, was again asked about his future and whether this final win was his “last rodeo” and the end of his NFL career. The now two-time Super Bowl champion reiterated that he has some other priorities to attend to first.
Below is a transcript of Peyton Manning’s response to questions regarding his future with the NFL following last night’s Super Bowl:
Jim Nantz: “You know, not everyone here inside the stadium heard what you said to Tracy Wolfson, so if you would share it one more time.
“The commissioner made reference to, perhaps this is your last rodeo. Is this it? Will you ever step foot on the field again, tonight, or do you walk off with the fairytale ending holding this in your hands?”
Peyton Manning: “Well, Jim, I got some good advice from Tony Dungy, whose going into the Hall of Fame, and my old coach. He said, 'don’t make an emotional decision.'
“This has been a very emotional week, an emotional night, and I’ve got a couple of priorities in order. I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids; I want to go celebrate with my family and teammates; and I’m going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim – Budweiser. Von Miller’s buying, and those are my priorities at this point. I’ll take some time to reflect on the other. I’m going to say a prayer and a thank you to the Man Upstairs for this opportunity for sure as well.