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Peyton Manning retires, ends illustrious career at 39

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Peyton Manning retires, ends illustrious career at 39

After 18 years of NFL, five MVP awards and a second Super Bowl trophy with the Broncos, Peyton Manning will be hanging up his boots at the age of 39.

The quarterback made four Super Bowl trips, and will retire with a galore of honors, such as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre).

Manning, who played his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, was a first-ballot Hall­ of­ Famer before spinal fusion surgery caused him to miss the 2011 season.

Transferring to the Broncos on a free agent in 2012, the Sheriff had the most prolific season of any quarterback in history in 2013. The Broncos, under his lead made two Super Bowl trips in Manning’s final three seasons. Manning would also follow in Elway’s footsteps, retiring as a Super Bowl winner.

However, his retirement comes after a season with under-fire performance from Manning. Nonetheless, the Denver Broncos team still managed to get by, trumping the Carolina Panthers by 24-10 at Super Bowl 50.

But as news of his retirement starts to spread, virtually every other personality from either the sports or entertainment world has come forward to acknowledge and pay tribute to one of NFL’s all-time greats.

Even his longtime-rival, New England Patriot’s Tom Brady tweeted to congratulate Manning on an incredible career and his honor to have played against the Sheriff, and to acknowledge the achievements man who had changed the NFL game.

Newton Leads Panthers Comeback in Dramatic Win

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Cam Newton (No.1)’s efforts was instrumental for the Panther’s comeback.

Of all the sounds the Carolina Panthers heard Sunday, none was better than the silence that filled CenturyLink Field after Greg Olsen’s game-winning touchdown catch.

Down 23-14, Carolina went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns that left the Carolina Panthers jubilant and the Seattle Seahawks stinging about a second straight fourth-quarter collapse.

Newton capped Carolina’s fourth-quarter rally with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Olsen with 32 seconds left, and the Panthers improved to 5-0, rallying for a stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman had some miscommunication on the game-winning 26-yard touchdown throw to Panthers tight end Greg Olsen with under 32 seconds left. They both appeared to believe that the other man would cover Olsen, and something went wrong.

Newton was 12-of-15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter and threw for 269 yards overall. His first 80-yard drive in the final quarter resulted in Jonathan Stewart’s second 1-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left to cut Seattle’s lead to 23-20. But Graham Gano pulled the extra point wide left.

After Carolina’s defense forced Seattle to punt, Newton led a final 80-yard scoring drive that left Seattle stunned for the second straight week.

“We’re doing what we expected to do,” Newton said. “It comes as no surprise to us. It was going to be a big game. We were going to expect a lot from so many players.”

Carolina winning its first four games was impressive. But this victory adds the validity.

“It’s a great win, but it does only count for one,” Olsen said. “That’s the reality of this business. But it felt good. We’ve had our battles against these guys.”