Peyton Manning Rides Off Into The Sunset (Omaha)

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“There is something about 18 years … 18 is a good number,” Manning said. “Today, I retire from pro football.” –Peyton Manning

“The Sheriff” has officially retired from football, and if anyone knows how Peyton Manning got that nickname, please share it with the rest of the group.

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Denver International Airport today

The leader in basically every passing category in NFL history held back tears and a lump in his throat the size of a Papa John’s XL Grand Papa pizza as he told a story about shaking Johnny Unitas’ hand after his first NFL game.  A moment in which the Colts great and Hall of Fame QB (Unitas) told Peyton to “stay at it” and “I’m pulling for you”.  Not a bad way to start your career, a football icon passing the torch in a sense and giving you a “go-get-em tiger” pat on the back.

Today during his retirement press conference Peyton proclaimed:

“I have stayed at it, I’ve stayed at for 19 years.  I hope old number 19 is up there, with his flat-top and maybe his black high-tops on…..and I hope he knows….that I have stayed at it….and maybe he’s even a little proud of me”.

Peyton Manning’s resume speaks for itself, say what you want about him….whether you rooted FOR him or AGAINST him, the man is one of the greatest of all-time.

  • NFL career passing touchdown record: 539
  • Most passing yards, career: 71,940
  • Single season touchdown record (2013): 55
  • Most passing yards, season (2013): 5,477
  • Most wins (including playoffs): 200
  • Most games throwing for 300+ yards: 93
  • Most passing touchdowns in a single game (tied, 2013): 7
  • Most games with a passing rating higher than 105: 97
  • Most games with a perfect passer rating of 158.3: 5
  • Most seasons with 350+ completions: 10
  • Most games completing 80-percent passing: 19
  • Most game-winning drives: 56
  • Most comeback wins: 45
  • Highest completion percentage in a postseason game with 450+ yards (2005): 81.8
  • Highest yards-per-game, season (2013): 342.31
  • Most games with 4+ touchdown passes: 25
  • Most seasons passing for 4,000+ yards: 14
  • Most consecutive seasons with 25+ touchdowns: 13
  • One of two quarterbacks to ever beat all 32 teams (along with Brett Favre)
  • First quarterback to beat 31 franchises: 2007
  • Most Associated Press NFL MVP awards: 5 (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)

The “magic bullet” theory to date for how Peyton’s nickname became “The Sheriff” is best described by SB Nation as “because Peyton really, really looks like an old-timey sheriff. Also, he probably grunts when he tries to get out of his car.”

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The sequel to “No Country for Old Men” seems to have it’s main character already cast.  Alert the Coen Brothers immediately that Peyton is available.

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