Manning led the Broncos to the AFC title game and Super Bowl XLII in his second season with the team. Manning's last performance occurred during Super Bowl 50, when he led the Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Panthers, the franchise's first in over two decades. The win gave Denver its first Super Bowl championship.
Prior to joining the Broncos, Manning spent three seasons with the Colts. He helped lead Indianapolis to the playoffs each year, including an AFC South title in 2009. However, the team was eliminated from postseason contention early in the 2008 season after Manning suffered a neck injury at home against Pittsburgh. He returned for the final game of the season but the Colts lost 31-17 at New England.
Manning was drafted by the Colts with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He replaced the retired Peyton Hillis as Indy's starting running back and led the league in rushing yards during his only season with the team. In 2011, Manning helped lead the Colts to their first playoff appearance since 2000, finishing the season with 4,659 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and a career-low 8 interceptions. He also had 1,074 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
In 2012, Manning passed for 55 touchdowns across just seven games before injuring his arm. He missed the rest of the season as the Colts went 2-5 without him.
Manning had an impressive 18-year career as the Colts' (1998–2011) and Denver Broncos' (2012–15) starting quarterback, winning two Super Bowls and defeating each of the current 32 NFL organizations. He was drafted by the Colts with the number 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.
After graduating from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1997, Manning began his professional football career with the Colts. Under head coach Jim Mora, he led Indianapolis to a 9–7 record in his only season as the team's starter. In 1999, Manning helped the Colts win their first NFL Championship in fourteen years with a 17–14 victory over the Chicago Bears. The following year, they lost to Tennessee in the 2000 AFC Championship Game.
In 2011, Manning led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in Santa Clara, California. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the biggest game in sports history. On February 5, 2012, just prior to the start of the 2012 NFL Season, the Broncos announced that they had signed Manning to a five-year contract worth $90 million ($18 million annual average).
During his time in Indianapolis, Manning went 179–63 as a starter. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to at least 12 wins in each of his first three seasons.
Manning won the AFC West every year he was in Denver, and he helped the Broncos win two Super Bowls. Manning retired from the NFL after winning Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Siemian wasn't a spectacular quarterback, but he was a reliable starter who almost led Denver to the playoffs in 2019. He'll be backed up by former Minnesota Viking T.J. Yates this season.
In addition to his work with The Manning Family Foundation, John also does consulting work for various organizations regarding sports administration issues. These include the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), National Basketball Players Association (NBAPA), Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
He has also been elected president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020.
Manning was born on July 17th, 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was raised by his parents, Judy and John Manning, and his older brother, Cooper. His family is of German and French Canadian descent. They lived in several cities during their early years before finally settling in North Carolina when Peyton was 12 years old. He attended Charlotte Latin School until the age of 16, when he entered the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. There he played college football for the Mocs under head coach Russ Huesman.
The best quarterback in Colts history has a new job. Peyton Manning's new "work" has put him at the center of events for his other team. Of course, he spent 14 seasons with the Colts before joining the Broncos in 2012 for four seasons and won his second Super Bowl. This year, he threw for 5,477 yards - a record for a player who hasn't finished his career yet - and 55 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions.
In January 2013, the Indianapolis Star reported that Manning was retiring from football after the season. His decision came a few days after the news that head coach Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia. The paper said there were "no ill feelings" between Manning and the Colts organization but that he was looking to move on because he didn't want to play another season under Jim Mora Jr., his former offensive coordinator with the Saints, who was hired by Pagano's replacement, Chuck Hoiberg, as Indiana's head coach.
Manning played two more games this season, both losses, before being released by the Broncos. He ended his career with five championship rings, including three with the Broncos, and $100 million worth of contracts.
After leaving the Colts, Manning went back to Tennessee where he helped lead the Titans to their first playoff win over Pittsburgh in 10 years. Then in February 2014, he signed with the Broncos again.
Despite his lack of postseason success, Manning eventually won two Super Bowls, Super Bowl XLI and Super Bowl 50, and was awarded MVP in the latter. He is only the second player in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls (Roger Staubach is the other).
Manning's victory in Super Bowl 50 made him the first quarterback to win three Super Bowls. The last time a quarterback completed a trilogy of Super Bowl victories was when John Elway accomplished this feat in four games in 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Elway was the leading candidate for MVP after he led Denver to its third Super Bowl victory in four years following the 1997 season. It was reported that if Elway had been named MVP, he would have become the first quarterback to receive the award three times.
However, Manning was given the honor instead. He went on to defeat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2015 season. The game was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and resulted in a 31-25 victory for the Broncos. This marks the first time since 1970 that different winners have been chosen by each team during their respective conferences' championship games.