Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning happy to play on
Peyton Manning has dismissed suggestions that he could retire if he leads the Denver Broncos to victory on Sunday.
Last Updated: 27/01/14 12:39pm
The 37-year-old has enjoyed a record-breaking season, throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns - with the Seattle Seahawks now standing in his way of a second Super Bowl success.
And although Manning has undergone four neck surgeries, the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback has no plans to call it quits.
"I still enjoy playing football," said Manning. "I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can't produce, if I can't help a team, that's when I will stop playing.
"If that's next year, then maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing."
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis bowed out as a Super Bowl champion last year, while Denver star quarterback John Elway, now a Broncos executive, did the same in 1999.
Manning added: "I know that there have been a number of players who have walked away as champions. I'm sure that it is a great feeling for those people.
"In talking to Ray Lewis, and talking to John Elway, they couldn't play anymore. It was all they had to give. They truly left it all out there. I still enjoy playing."
Manning certainly has the backing of his team-mates to continue on playing.
"You would think after a season like this he would want to play 10 more years," Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said.
"I can tell you: Peyton is not worried a lot about his legacy right now... He knows we have got a lot of work to do."
And wide receiver Wes Welker, who caught 73 passes for 778 yards this season, added: "You can just tell he enjoys it and he loves it.
"He loves being around the guys. He loves the game planning. He loves Sundays. It's great to see and it definitely inspires me."