After the 43-8 defeat at Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, reiterated his intention to return for the 2014 season.
Manning doesn't want to end his career despite the defeat at the Super Bowl. His intention to continue playing is crystal clear. After the game Manning was asked if the defeat was more likely to force his retirement.
"I answered those questions all week," Manning said.
Shortly after arriving at the hotel in New York on Super Bowl week, Manning was asked if he had thought that the Super Bowl would be his last game.
"Definitely I had a change in my career two years ago with my injury, also with the change of team, so I've taken season by season, I have no plans beyond this game," Manning said.
"I had no plans for this season beyond this year. I believe it is a healthy way to take your career at this stage. Still enjoy playing and I feel a little better than I thought it would be at this point after my surgery, I still enjoy the preparation work.
"Everyone enjoys the game; everyone is excited to play in the Super Bowl, but I think when you enjoy the preparation work, I think you should keep doing it. Believe that as soon as you stop enjoying it, if I do not help the team, that's when I'll stop playing. Maybe it next year, but definitely I want to keep playing."
That's the premise that the Broncos need with Manning. Denver has to believe that Manning's condition in 2014 will not be dependent on the outcome of Super Bowl, but rather the results of a medical test - the same test Manning had after the 2012 season when he had a neck surgery.
If doctors give the nod to Manning, the team will have Manning in 2014. Manning has said that if doctors advice him to stop playing he would not play anymore and he be okay with it because he had a great career.
Manning set records for a single season in the NFL with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns, while the Broncos also set a record for a single season with 606 points.
That marked a significant step in Manning's recovery, after he underwent a fusion surgery on his neck.
The entire 2011 season was lost for Manning. He was released by the Indianapolis Colts and then he signed a five-year contract by $96 million with Denver in 2012.
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