Archie on Peyton: 'He won't linger'
Peyton Manning is 37 years old and seems to be at the top of his game. But how much longer can he sustain that?
“I don’t think he’ll make 45, I really don’t,” his famous father Archie Manning said on Tuesday in Manhattan at the announcement of the Liberty Mutual College Coach of the Year finalists for the National Football Foundation. “I have no idea [how long he’ll play]. I think when you get to that age you try to play the next game. I think that’s what he does. It’s not anything I think about.”
In fact, Archie said he has never even spoken to Peyton about how long he wants to play.
“I know he’s glad to be back playing,” Archie said, referring to Peyton missing the 2011 season with a neck injury. “I do know this about Peyton, if he can’t play like he wants to play he’ll say it’s been a good journey and move on. I know that about him. He won’t linger.”
Two years ago Eli Manning won a Super Bowl in the home stadium of his big brother. This year the possibility exists – and continues to grow – that Peyton could play for a championship in Eli’s stadium. Super Bowl XLVIII is Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.
“I’d love it,” Archie said. “But I’m like him, I’m thinking about Thursday night. One game at a time.”
Archie didn’t have a prediction for which teams will make it to the Super Bowl.
“It’ll probably be chilly, that’s my prediction,” he said. “Whoever is here better get used to it.”
That’s been a recent knock on Peyton, that he is not as effective in cold weather games. Of course on Sunday, he completed 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards with four touchdowns against the Titans in temperatures that hovered around 15 degrees.
“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove that one where the sun don't shine,” Peyton told Denver's KOA-AM after the game. "I felt pretty good out there today."
Archie agreed, but took a more subtle approach.
“I watched the game on TV last week,” Archie said. “I thought he did OK.”