Peyton Manning on His Retirement: 'People Tell Me I'm Going to Miss Football, But I Got My Fill'

Peyton Manning talks like a man who is ready to enjoy retirement.

Peyton Manning is adamant that his retirement from football will remain permanent, something that hasn't always been the case with legendary quarterbacks (yes, Brett Favre, we're looking at you).

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old Manning spoke at the Northern Colorado Sports Awards about his future football plans. "People tell me that I'm going to miss football, that I'm going to have withdrawals. But I got my fill," Manning said. "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."

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Peyton Manning is adamant that his retirement from football will remain permanent, something that hasn't always been the case with legendary quarterbacks (yes, Brett Favre, we're looking at you).

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old Manning spoke at the Northern Colorado Sports Awards about his future football plans. "People tell me that I'm going to miss football, that I'm going to have withdrawals. But I got my fill," Manning said. "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 sounded excited about the opportunity to finally watch football after spending nearly his entire life playing it.

So, exactly how much football did it take for Manning to get his "fill" of the NFL? His career stats include 71,940 passing yards (most all-time), 539 passing touchdowns (most all-time), 56 game-wining drives (most all-time) and an incredible 227 total starts (second most by a QB; Favre is No. 1). Now, he'll probably be spending game days like most 40-year-old men—eating pizza (Papa John's, of course) and drinking beer (Only the crisp, refreshing taste of Budweiser will do).

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