With the Denver Broncos needing a new quarterback, it is apparent that Boyz II Men were wrong. It is not that hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Of course, Peyton Manning is being given a send off fit for a true legend. He is retiring with almost every record possible for quarterback, a Super Bowl championship, and the love and affection of two major NFL cities.
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So, why is it easy to say goodbye? Easy. The timing is right. Life long Bronco fans will remember when John Elway walked away from the NFL. Finally, he had achieved the ultimate goal… twice. With a Super Bowl victory, and MVP in hand, John Elway truly went out on top of the world. Looking back now, he might have been able to stay one more year, and potentially win another Super Bowl, but nothing in life is guaranteed.
The risk would have been too great for Elway with the perfect ending to his career already done, and the same can be said for Peyton Manning. Letting go of John Elway was pretty hard for Broncos Country, and in truth, some of us never have. Peyton, on the other hand, gave Broncos fans the last great years he had. Delivering a Super Bowl was the ultimate goal, and now it is time to move on.
Every man, woman, and child in Broncos Country owes Manning a huge thank you.
Big time Manning fans may not want to hear this, but John Elway and Gary Kubiak needed Manning to retire. His $19 million against the salary cap was looming large in free agency. Brock Osweiler is waiting in the wings (sort of), and he was quite serviceable in his role during the 2015 season. On top of that, what if Manning had landed somewhere and regained his MVP form? Unlikely, but a risk nonetheless.
Every man, woman, and child in Broncos Country owes Manning a huge thank you. He did exactly what was needed. He came to Denver with one goal, win a Super Bowl. Finally, after four long years, it was mission accomplished. So, thank you Peyton. Thank you for choosing Denver. Thank you for returning the Broncos to greatness. Thank you for helping build a Super Bowl champion. And thank you for riding off into the sunset. You earned it, and we needed it.