East Tennesseans talk about Peyton Manning’s Legacy and possible retirement

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Four Vols-For-Life will take the field for Super Bowl 50, including super star quarterback Peyton Manning.

Media General contributors spoke with super fans about his legacy and possibly retiring after Sunday’s big game.

Peyton Manning is a name that means so much to East Tennessee.

“Coming back for his senior year, that will always be one of my fondest memories and what he has done for the community,” said Janie Lanaham.

Many say Sunday may be the last game for Peyton Manning as a quarterback. Super fan Janie Lanaham said if he decides to leave, it’ll be like watching superman retire.

“Whether or not they win or lose, he’s still going out on top,” said Lanaham. “It’s going to be hard to imagine football without Peyton Manning.”

16-year-old Luke Buckner said he’s hoping for a story book ending for the future hall-of-famer.

“He’s going to play his heart out and the whole team they’re going live up to him,” said Buckner. “He is going to encourage them and give them a lot of motivation to play well.”

Media General contributor Josh Ward said the NFL will lose a big time face of league, but Peyton’s legacy will forever live on.

“One of the best players ever regardless of the position but obviously at quarterback that’s a big loss,” said Ward. “I think Peyton Manning will still be a part of the game in the future maybe not as a player but I think for a long time he will be a big part of football.”

Peyton Manning has played in three Super Bowls. He’s won one championship.

MORE | See News 4’s complete Super Bowl 50 coverage here.

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