9 Quotes By Peyton Manning On Life, Faith, and Athleticism

On Sunday, the Denver Broncos beat out the Carolina Panthers in a 24-10 victory to secure the title of Super Bowl 50 Champions. Much of the hype surrounding the game came, not only from the fact that it was the fiftieth Super Bowl celebration, but also from the fact that it might very well have been Peyton Manning’s last game in the NFL. Although the victory did secure a well-deserved going out for Manning (should he officially announce his retirement), it was, admittedly not his best career performance: the QB had two turnovers, was sacked five times, had two turnovers, threw an interception, and lost a fumble, throwing only 141 yards in a 13-for-23 passing ratio.

Regardless of his performance specifics, Manning’s second Super Bowl victory (and fourth Super Bowl appearance) has secured him a place as one of the all-time best quarterbacks in the NFL. To celebrate his extensive career, here are nine quotes by Peyton Manning on life, faith, athleticism, and his love for the sport of football.

1. “Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that.”

Peyton Manning is a true athlete, not only because of his talent and skill, but also because of his passion for the sport and dedication to his craft. As long as he feels he has something to give, he will keep going; so all those retirement hopefuls will have to hold their breath.

2. “If nothing else in life, I want to be true to the things I believe in, and quite simply, to what I'm all about.”

Manning has never been one to worry about what others are doing, or what others say or have said about him. He believes in hard work, dedication, family, and God; everything else is really not worth worrying about.

3. “I don't want to retire. I still want to play.”

They say retirement kills, and Manning has always maintained that as long as he still loves what he does and has something to offer he won’t stop. We’re just hoping he goes out on a high note and doesn’t pull a Brett Favre.

4. “I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I don't talk about it or brag about it because that's between God and me, and I'm no better than anybody else in God's sight.”

Despite his status in his career and personal life, Manning is easily one of the more humbled professional athletes you are likely to meet. He doesn’t brag about money, or status, or skill, he just plays for himself and for his team.

5. “I would rather be in the arena to be excited or be disappointed than not have a chance at all.”

Very few people, once they become successful, forget how hard they worked to get where they are. Peyton Manning, however, has not forgotten the long road to being a two-time Super Bowl champion. Be grateful for, and take advantage of opportunities when they come your way, but don’t forget where you came from.

6. “Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the hell you're doing.”

Not really sure if he’s experiencing a spell of confidence or speaking objectively about real-time game play, but either way, pressure is something that can either hold you back or drive you forward. It really comes down to how you choose to use it.

7. “You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.”

Professional athletes are always looking to improve their game and perfect their skill, regardless of what point they are at in their careers. Improvement, however, must come with failure, because failing is the only way we learn how to get better.

8. “I've been a Colt for almost all of my adult life, but I guess in life, and in sports, we all know nothing lasts forever.”

Manning has had an extensive career in the NFL, playing for thirteen years for the Indianapolis Colts before coming to the Denver Broncos in 2012. Although he loved his time playing for the Colts, Manning appreciates that life is driven by change, and so he has embraced it as just another step towards achieving his career, and personal goals. 

9. “When you go through a significant injury and have a major career change, you truly do go one year at a time, and you don't look past what's going on now, because you are not sure what's going to happen. Tomorrow is not promised.”

The future is never certain, so you should take every opportunity that comes your way with an opened mind, and see where it takes you. Don’t stop planning for the future, but also be sure to keep your focus on the here-and-now.