SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning is widely expected to announce his retirement from professional football on Monday. Confirmation of that decision continues to poor in, and Manning took to text message to inform each of his Denver Broncos teammates of said decision, per a Pro Football Talk report.

According to the report, Manning took the time to individual text his teammates on the Broncos of his decision late last night. The report also indicates Manning’s teammates managed to keep those texts to themselves until word of Manning’s decision was made public how he wanted it to be made public.

The fact that Manning took the time to not just send a mass text to his teammates, but individual text them before leaking any decision out to the public speaks volumes of his feelings towards his fellow professional football players. Same for the fact that none of the teammates went ahead and leaked the news on their own.

Some speculated Manning would likely sign a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Colts and retire that way. However, it is pretty clear that is not happening:

Instead, Manning will appear at a press conference in Denver to announce his retirement on Monday, and kick off a week full of memorials to and memories of his career in the NFL.

He’ll end his career with 71,940 yards, 539 touchdowns, 251 interceptions and a completion percentage of 65.3 percent. Additionally, he will finish as a two-time Super Bowl champion after helping to lead the Denver Broncos to the title in Super Bowl 50 this past season.

[Pro Football Talk]

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