Earlier this week Peyton Manning sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB’s Peter King.
The former NFL quarterback has been retired for 19 months now since leaving after the 2015-2016 season. He played 18 seasons in the NFL, 14 with the Indianapolis Colts and then four with the Denver Broncos. In his last season, he led the Broncos to Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, leading the Broncos to victory for his second Super Bowl career win.
Today, Manning is not regretting his choice of retirement. He has been traveling doing speaking engagements, lending his voice to Guapo, a character in the upcoming animated movie, Ferdinand as well as appearing in commercials. He laughed with King saying, “I’m still on TV a lot doing commercials. I apologize to all the people out there who are tired of seeing me on commercials.”
When he is not working he is spending time with his wife, Ashley, and his twin sons, Marshall and Mosley. They just started the first grade and play soccer and flag football. Peyton joked that he became an assistant coach for their team because he wanted to add more passing plays.
While Manning is enjoying a break from the NFL, don’t rule him out on coming back to it, not as a quarterback, but rather to run a team. However that will not happen for a few years. Right now he is just enjoying being with his family, carpooling with his sons and coaching flag football games saying, “It’s important to me to be a part of those and to be around.”
Despite being retired, Manning is still a huge part of the NFL. This weekend he will be honored at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Colts. The stadium is planning to reveal a statue of Manning, put his name in the Colts’ ring of honor and retire his number, 18.