The Broncos have a guaranteed $20 million salary waiting for Peyton Manning next season, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports. The grand plan is to collect that dough while hopefully defending the Super Bowl championship the Broncos can earn by defeating the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
"A number of players have walked away as champions," Manning said at his first Super Bowl press conference here Sunday night.
"I'm sure that's a great feeling for those people. John Elway. Ray Lewis did it last year. Michael Strahan.
"Talking to Ray Lewis and talking to John Elway, they couldn't play any more (physically). That was all they had to give. They truly left it all out there.
"I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point coming off that (neck fusion) surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the game. Everybody is going to be excited to play in the Super Bowl."
Wait for it. Manning finally delivered his intentions.
"I think when you still enjoy the preparation, the work part of it, I think you sought to be still doing that," he said. "When I stop enjoying it, when I can't produce, when I can't help the team that's when I'll stop playing. If that's next year, maybe it is. I certainly want to continue to keep playing."
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