Legendary Peyton Manning Discusses Life After NFL Retirement: “I’ve Always Been Envious Of Some Of These Football Players”

Published 04/30/2022, 4:40 PM EDT
ENGLEWOOD, CO – MARCH 07: Quarterback Peyton Manning addresses the media as he announces his retirement from the NFL at the UCHealth Training Center on March 7, 2016 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, who played for both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos in a career which spanned 18 years, is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and tied for regular season QB wins (186). Manning played his final game last month as the winning quarterback in Super Bowl 50 in which the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, earning Manning his second Super Bowl title. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning seems like someone who prefers to live in the moment and not think about what’s next. While revealing details from his life after NFL retirement, Manning admits that it has been a different type of challenge. He admits to the similarities he observed in life and how the things he learned in football apply to day-to-day life.

During his appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Manning reveals to fellow Draft class member Ryan Leaf his handling of the retirement life. He shares how he misses meeting some of his former teammates regularly but shares how there are new teams in his life away from the field. He holds firm to his belief in applying some of the essential things he learned through football like teamwork, communication, and discipline.

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While discussing his processing of a new role, he states, “If you will a lot of the things you learned right, I mean football is all about schedules and being on time and being accountable that way so you know Ryan I’ve tried to kind of take it one year at a time. I’ve always been envious of some of these football players that always knew what they wanted to do and they have these 5-year and 10-year plans.

Peyton Manning has new priorities in life beyond the NFL

While he isn’t planning for the long term, he reveals his attempts to focus on his children and their activities. The former legendary QB is now using his tunnel vision to coach flag football teams of his children. He believes that taking a year-by-year approach will be the best way to figure out what he wants to do and doesn’t want to do.

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Manning enjoyed a long NFL career with plenty of individual and team success. He has led two different NFL franchises to Super Bowl immortality in his remarkable career.

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks at the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 5-time league MVP was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 with players like Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.

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While the Broncos and Colts fans will forever remember their star QB, Manning was one of the best QBs to ever play the game. The Colts and the Broncos supporters will be hoping to get back to their glory days in 2022 as a new NFL campaign approaches ever closer.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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