Posted Thu Mar 22nd by Monty
The Denver Broncos announced the signing of a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer Tuesday.
A future Hall of Famer who said he wants to retire a Denver Bronco.
Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will certainly be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio one day. His bronze bust will stand in the same room as the man who got him to Denver, John Elway. But will he be enshrined as a Colt, where he spent his first 14 seasons, or as a Bronco?
It’s an interesting question. Manning will get to choose how he wants to be remembered in Canton’s hallowed hall. Perhaps any bitterness Manning might feel to Indianapolis will have faded by that time, and Manning will sign a one-day contract to retire with his original team and be remembered as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. It’s what several players have done before, including another all-time great Jerry Rice, who finished his career with one offseason with the Broncos before rejoining his San Francisco 49ers with a ceremonial one-day contract.
Or perhaps Manning plays three to four seasons in Denver (or even five — it is a five-year contract after all), and wins a Super Bowl here. That’s certainly the plan. The Broncos would not have traded Tim Tebow otherwise. In that case, would he decide to be remembered as a Denver Bronco?
John Elway and Peyton Manning. Two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, potentially both represented in Canton as Denver Broncos.
(If we fans thought the last decade of Broncos quarterbacking was bad, the next quarterback of the Broncos has monumental shoes to fill.)