Denver — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale.
He’s just saying it could be.
NFL Network cameras caught the exchange between Manning and New England coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 win in the AFC championship game on Sunday.
When they embraced, Manning leaned in and told Belichick, “Hey listen, this might be my last rodeo.
“So, it sure has been a pleasure.”
Belichick responded, “You’re a great competitor ...”
Neither spoke of their exchange afterward.
“No, I don’t have anything to share,” Belichick said Monday. “I shared it with Peyton.”
Earlier this month, Manning said, “I’d be lying if I said I’m not thinking about that,” when asked if this could be it for him.
The five-time MVP’s season ends Feb. 7 in the Super Bowl against Carolina.
The NFL says it is reviewing allegations Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house. Manning has denied the allegations.
There’s no timetable to complete the investigation, but it’s not expected before the Super Bowl.
Manning angrily denied using performance-enhancing substances and called the report “complete garbage.”
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