Peyton Manning Refuses to Address Retirement Questions at Super Bowl 50 Media Night, Backs Cam Newton for MVP

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks into the stadium during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night media day at SAP Center. (Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks into the stadium during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night media day at SAP Center.
(Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning had no interest in making any announcement Monday about his future plans to a throng of media on Super Bowl Opening Night.

The Denver Broncos quarterback once again stiff-armed questions about whether he plans to retire after Super Bowl 50.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Manning said when asked about whether he would be playing his final game.

NFL Films cameras captured Manning telling Bill Belichick after the AFC Championship Game “this might be my last rodeo.” The quarterback acknowledged his comments while still giving himself some wiggle room.

“What I said was true: This could be it. … Doesn’t mean it will be it,” Manning said.

Manning added that he was just trying to take in the moment as he entered his fourth Super Bowl in pursuit of his second title.

“Seeing other people enjoying the moment reminds me I need to be enjoying this as well,” Manning said.

The five-time MVP also backed Super Bowl opponent and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for this year’s award.

“He’s just had this incredible year,” Manning said. “No doubt in my mind he’ll win the MVP. He’s been awesome – that’s the best word I can think of.”

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SOURCE: USA Today