Peyton Manning announced his retirement at a press conference yesterday, and he was emotional throughout his 11-minute speech. He even cried a few times.
He ended his speech by saying, "When I look back on my NFL career, I'll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win. There were other players who were more talented but there was no one who could out-prepare me and because of that I have no regrets . . . and after 18 years, it's time. God bless all of you and God bless football."
He then took questions from reporters for 15 minutes, including one who asked him about the accusation that he put his genitals on the head of a female trainer who was working on his foot 20 years ago while he was in college. He said, "I think it's sad that some people don't understand the truth and the facts. I did not do what has been alleged, and I'm not interested in re-litigating something that happened when I was 19 years old. Kind of like my Dad used to say when I was in trouble, I can't say it any plainer than that. And so this is a joyous day and it's a special day and like Forrest Gump said, that's all I have to say about that."
He said he doesn't know what he plans to do next. For now, he just wants to enjoy some time off. He ended the conference by saying "Omaha!" one last time.