Manning did not, however, say that Sunday would be his last rodeo, but a source told Paolantonio that it was implied.
In an interview with ESPN’s Tom Jackson, Manning, who turns 40 next month, hinted that Sunday could be his last game. “I’m a realist. This could be it,” he said. “I’m very aware of that.”
He couldn’t help but be, after a season that he seemed to be enduring rather than enjoying. He battled plantar fasciitis, declining skills, the humiliation of being replaced by Brock Osweiler and a shocking HGH report — only to recover and regain his job. Still, it was a sobering season for a superstar. If he has the chance to walk away on top, either with a win or merely a trip to the Super Bowl, who can blame him?