Peyton Manning is an American professional football player with an estimated net worth of $167 million. He was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He always had a thing for playing football and he was a very natural athlete, as is his brother Eli Manning. Peyton Manning played his entire life, eventually making the decision to go to college and play quarterback for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, where he was a star. The decision to play for the Vols came as a surprise to many since his father was a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
However, the decision was a good one as Manning quickly became the most famous player ever to attended college here or play ball for them. He maintains his role as the all-time leading passer, and he is responsible for leading his team to 39 wins out of the 45 games they played during his entire college career. To say he was talented is a bit of an understatement, especially considering his impressive victory in Super Bowl 50 after defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
Surprisingly, Peyton Manning was not a first string quarterback when he began his college career. He was actually third, but the first and second string quarterbacks both faced injuries that caused him to step up and take over. He finished out the season as the starting quarterback and never looked back. During his second season, he allowed for his team to go almost undefeated – losing only to the Florida Gators (Go Gators!) in a 62-37 loss in the Swamp. After winning out three seasons with almost perfect records (and more losses to the Gators), it was thought that Peyton Manning would be a first-overall pick in the NFL draft, especially since he’d already earned his BA. However, he chose to play one more year in college.
He played another season, losing only to the Gators again, before defeating Auburn in the SEC Championship, but failing to beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and losing out on a National Championship. However, he decided to head into the draft in 1998 and was the first overall pick. He went onto play for the Indianapolis Colts his first season. He was on the team from 1998 through 2011 – though he did not play that year due to an injury. He returned in 2012 to play for the Denver Broncos.
During his NFL career, Peyton Manning has won two Super Bowls. However, he doesn’t earn all of his money from the NFL. He has earned just shy of $160 million alone from his endorsements. Now that he is almost 40, he is up in the air as to whether or not he will come back for another season. It is likely that he will retire as he has been thinking of this for some time and now is the perfect time for him to go out since he is on top of his game and has never been better. To play again and risk not going out on top would be a disservice.
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