September 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and executive vice president of football operations John Elway talk near the end of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway doesn't see Peyton Manning riding off into that orange Rocky Mountain sunset the way Elway did 15 years ago if the Denver Broncos quarterback caps his record-setting season with a second Super Bowl ring.
Elway's body was breaking down, having been sacked 516 times - 244 more than Manning has been in about the same number of games.
Manning has given no indication that he's anywhere near calling it quits at age 37, although he has dropped phrases lately like "light at the end of the tunnel" when talking about his career.
Elway takes that to mean Manning knows that whenever he does walk away, these are the days he'll look back on.
Manning is preparing to lead the Broncos against the New England Patriots Sunday in the AFC championship.
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