Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning struggles to speak during his retirement announcement at team headquarters Monday, March 7, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Peyton Manning made an emotional farewell after 18 years to the NFL on Monday, a day after the iconic quarterback's retirement was announced by the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.Manning made his first public comments since the retirement announcement at the Broncos team headquarters before an invitation-only group of teammates, family and friends.The 39-year-old passer became the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history last month after guiding Denver past the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, his final game.Manning leaves American football as the all-time leader in passing yardage with 71,940, passing touchdowns with 539 and matched the all-time record of Brett Favre with 186 wins as a quarterback.In the 2013 season, Manning set one-season NFL records with 55 passing touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards and the team produced a one-season record 606 points.Manning's charisma and talent helped lure talent to the Broncos that might not otherwise have come to Denver.
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