ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on quarterback Peyton Manning’s retirement news conference (all times local):
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says he’s only coached Peyton Manning for nine months “but I’ll remember it for a lifetime.”
Speaking after executive John Elway paid tribute to Manning’s four seasons in Denver, Kubiak said he’s spent 17 seasons trying to beat Manning and he “wasn’t very successful.”
He also told a story about how he had several private meetings with Manning after Week 9 as he came back from injury. The two worked together to make sure Manning’s presence helped the team and didn’t cause any disruptions.
The Peyton Manning retirement news conference is underway.
Team president Joe Ellis calls it a “historic day for the Denver Broncos and the National Football League.”
Ellis says Manning made the team, organization and the community better.
Broncos executive VP John Elway has now taken the podium to talk about Manning.
“I know this is a tough day for him,” Elway said.
Peyton Manning has quite a few big names at his retirement announcement.
There are former teammates such as John Lynch, Jeff Saturday and Brandon Stokley. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are chatting with Manning’s wife and children.
Sitting in the front row are Manning’s parents, Archie and Olivia, along with his brother, Cooper.
Also on hand is Bennie Fowler, who caught Manning’s last pass on a 2-point conversion to cap Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina a month ago in Super Bowl 50.
Peyton Manning, this is your life.
About 150 media, family and guests are expected to attend Manning’s retirement news conference today in the Denver Broncos’ team meeting room.
And that doesn’t include those in an overflow room where the news conference will be piped in for dozens of more reporters stationed outside the UCHealth Training Center.
The Broncos media relations department is limiting seating and issued orange stickers to the invitation-only event.
The Broncos have a couple of framed Manning No. 18 jerseys, one home and one road, and a game ball to present to the quarterback that lists his accomplishments during his four seasons in Denver.
The team has also produced a glossy program especially for the goodbye news conference that features Manning hoisting the Lombardi Trophy following Denver’s 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers a month ago.
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