Peyton Manning might have a few years left in his record-breaking right arm.
Riding into retirement with another Super Bowl ring? Well, that’s not even a thought for the Denver Broncos quarterback.
“If I can’t produce, if I can’t help the team, that’s when I’ll stop playing,” Manning said Sunday. “If that’s next year, maybe it is, but I certainly want to continue to keep playing.”
The AFC champion Broncos arrived in New Jersey on Sunday night for the start of preparations for the big game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Manning, at a news conference aboard the Cornucopia Majesty cruise ship docked outside the team hotel in Jersey City, said he has no plans beyond the Super Bowl.
It’s hard to blame him after a season in which he set NFL records with 55 touchdown passes and 5,447 yards while leading the league’s top-ranked offense. Manning is trying to become the first starting QB to win Super Bowls with two teams, an accomplishment that seemed a bit of a long shot after he underwent two career-threatening neck surgeries two years ago.
“I still enjoy playing football,” Manning said. “I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point coming off that surgery, and I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the important part of it. Everybody enjoys the games, and everybody’s going to be excited to play in the Super Bowl.
“But I think when you still enjoy the preparation, I think you probably still ought to be doing that.”
Hickey new Dolphins GM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Dennis Hickey has been hired as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, ending an arduous search that lasted nearly three weeks.
Hickey has been with the Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the past three as director of player personnel. He was their director of college scouting for six years.
The hiring Sunday came after the Dolphins were rebuffed by several candidates to replace Jeff Ireland, who left after six seasons.
Broncos’ Prater better
Denver Broncos coach John Fox said place-kicker Matt Prater will be fine for the Super Bowl.
Prater missed practice all week with the flu and the Broncos kept him away from the rest of the team so he didn’t get everyone else sick.
He was on the team plane that landed in New Jersey earlier Sunday and Fox says Prater was feeling better. Fox even joked that the Broncos “put him in a bubble” on the airplane.