There were rumblings that the Denver Broncos quarterback might retire if his team had defeated the Seattle Seahawks, but Manning has been insistent that he will return for the 2014 season.
“I personally would love to see him retire,” Theismann told Amani and Eytan on NBC Radio.
“I think that what he can do is take a look at the offseason, figure out what you want to do -- because remember now, he’s going to be a year older -- I don’t know what the physical beating is like for him. I’m not sure exactly where he is in that situation, but I do know one thing -- his arm is not going to get any stronger going forward.”
In Denver’s 43-8 loss to Seattle, Manning threw for 280 yards by completing 34 of 49 passes with two interceptions and a touchdown. He did set a Super Bowl record for completions but slipped to just 1-2 in three Super Bowl appearances.
“You have to look at what happened (for him) with Seattle and say, ‘how many more teams are going to want to try and attack him that way? And will the Denver Broncos be able to do the things they want to do?” Theismann said.
“I think Peyton still has gas in the tank. It’s not like it’s over for him. It’s just that he’s done so much. I don’t believe his legacy was affected at all in this game. I think if he won it, his legacy would be enhanced. But I don’t believe that we should look at Peyton Manning and think anything less of what he accomplished.”
Manning finished the 2013 regular season with a league-record 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards.