Retirement rumors were swirling around Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning – who’s now made it official – right after this year’s Super Bowl, but MVP Von Miller didn’t think his teammate was quite ready to hang up his helmet.
“He still has the physical ability and the mental ability to go out there and be great,” Miller said during a visit to Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show in the days after the big game.
At 39, Manning is the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Although Manning said his post-game plans involved “a lot of Budweiser,” right after the triumph over the Carolina Panthers, Miller joked: “I think he had to rush out to do a Life Alert commercial.”
“I don’t think he’s going to retire, though,” Miller added. “I still think he has a little bit left in him.”
As for his own plans, Miller strongly suggested that he needs a pay raise to stay in Denver.
“I want to stay with the Broncos for 15 or 20 years but .. money talks, right?”
During the visit Miller paid a nice tribute to his mom, Gloria Miller.
“She’s been there for me. every single football game – flag football games – not just football but track meets, assemblies,” he said. “Every thing I’ve ever been involved in she’s been there.”
Ellen noted that while she loves Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Miller dominated him during the game.
“You really tore him apart,” she said.
“That’s my job,” Miller said. “To make sure the other guy has a horrible day. As the game went on I saw their attitude and their temper started to flare. I said, ‘Why are you guys acting like this? But I already knew.'”
Ellen asked him repeatedly how he was feeling.
“A little bit sore. I’m not too bad though,” he said. “The victory fuel is still running deep in my veins right now. I’m pretty good.”