Clinton Lambeth

Peyton Manning Doesn't Have Much Time Left

Created on Aug. 24, 2013 6:00 AM EST

How much time is riding on Peyton Manning's shoulders, or should I say neck?  Father time has an agenda for us all, and Peyton, as great a player and recovering superstar that we envision him to be, is no exception.

Taking a look at some of the game's greatest QBs we can see that Manning, now 37, is fast approaching the glorious conclusion of his career.

George Blanda was one of the oldest quarterbacks to play the game on record. At age 48, he retired his jersey with the Raiders. That was 1979. 

Brett Favre played until he was 40, ultimately ending his career with an ankle injury, but not to discredit a fantastic NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints in 2011.

John Elway, now the Broncos executive vice president and ultimately team mentor, retired when he was 38. Finally winning Super Bowl XXII, he ended his career stating, "I can't do it physically any more, and that's really hard for me to say ... I don't look at it as retirement, I'm just graduating from pro football."

Peyton Manning missed an entire season in 2011 with a devastating neck injury while with the Colts. It is an affliction we hope is history, but in a collision sport like football, there's no guarantee it might not return one day. Now back in "full health," according to the team, and the commander of one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, Manning has one thing to worry about to keep him in the game. Offensive line protection. The Broncos are clearly a top-tier team, but this does nothing if you can't protect your top quarterback from severe injury.

Given that Manning plays out his NFL career healthy, I think he has the pizazz that Brett Favre had. Keep in mind that he is under contract through 2016, That's another three years.

When he turns 40.

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