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Peyton Manning retiring after 18-year career

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to retire from the NFL, bringing an end to a career that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team said on Sunday.

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Jan 24, 2016 File photo; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) waves to the crowd after the AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports/Files

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to retire from the NFL, bringing an end to a career that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team said on Sunday.

Manning, who turns 40 later this month, will be going out on top after helping the Broncos to a Super Bowl upset victory last month over the Carolina Panthers, in a development first reported by ESPN.

"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” John Elway, Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, said in a statement.

“Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more-not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”

The decision came as the Broncos faced a Wednesday deadline in which Manning would be guaranteed $19 million from Denver for the 2016 National Football League season if he remained on the team's roster.

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One of the most prolific passers ever in the NFL, Manning revolutionized the quarterback position during an 18-year career that included two Super Bowl titles, five most valuable player awards and a slew of passing records.

Manning came across as a laid back southern boy but on the gridiron he was a clinical, ruthless competitor with an off-the-charts football IQ who changed plays at the line of scrimmage to outsmart opposing defenses with his dead-on accuracy.

He played his final four seasons in Denver but his prime came during the 14 years he spent in Indianapolis where he led the Colts to two Super Bowls berths, winning the big game in the 2006 campaign.

In addition to his career yards and passing touchdowns records and his record five MVP awards, Manning's Super Bowl win gave him an NFL record 200 career wins including playoffs.

He also became the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.

A foot injury hampered Manning for much of the 2015 regular season and he showed a distinct loss of throwing strength.

But after his return from a six-game absence, he avoided mistakes and helped support the fierce Broncos defense during an improbable late run to the NFL title as the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl.

Factbox: Peyton Manning

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- Born March 24, 1976, in New Orleans. His father Archie played quarterback in the NFL and his younger brother Eli is currently the quarterback for the New York Giants.

- A star college player with the University of Tennessee, he was selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts at the 1998 NFL Draft.

- He won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis, against the Chicago Bears, in the 2006 season, and was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Three years later he played in a second Super Bowl, losing to the New Orleans Saints.

- He played 13 seasons in Indianapolis, taking the team to the playoffs 11 times. He missed the entire 2011 NFL season because of a neck injury that required surgery and was released by the Colts.

- During the 2013 regular season, Manning set records for the most passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55) but his Broncos went on to suffer a lopsided loss in that campaign's Super Bowl.

- At 39, Manning became the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl when Denver beat the Carolina Panthers in last month's NFL championship game.

- During his career, Manning has been selected for the Pro Bowl on 14 occasions, a record for a quarterback.

- He has been named the NFL's MVP five times - 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013. No other player has won the award more than three times.

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- Among his many records, Manning has thrown for the most yards (71,940) and touchdowns (539) in NFL history.

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