Although a hot mic picked up Manning telling New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick that “this might be my last rodeo” after the AFC championship game, he wasn’t giving any hints about his plans during the leadup to Super Bowl 50. “I don’t know the answer to that,” he said Monday when asked if the Super Bowl might be his last game.
He did, though, acknowledge the comment to Belichick. “What I said was true: This could be it. … Doesn’t mean it will be it,” Manning said Monday.
Since missing the entire 2011 season because of multiple procedures on his neck, Manning has taken stock of his abilities each spring and summer, deciding what he is still capable of accomplishing on a football field. He admitted last August that he doesn’t have feeling in his fingertips.
“It’s crazy. I’ve talked to a doctor recently who said, ‘Don’t count on the feeling coming back,'” he told SI.com’s Peter King. “It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, ‘Today’s the day!’ Then it’s not.”
And if he chooses to finish his career in L.A., he’ll be following in the footsteps of the New York Jets’ Hall of Famer Joe Namath, who finished his career with the L.A. Rams in 1977. The Colts’ Johnny Unitas finished his career a little farther south, with the San Diego Chargers in 1973.