Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a championship in Super Bowl XLI, where he was also named Most Valuable Player. He is a four-time winner of the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, a nine-time All-Pro (First Team six times, and Second Team three times) and twelve-time Pro Bowl selection. Manning still holds dozens of records on both the college and professional level.
Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, where he became the school's all-time leader in both passing yards and touchdowns. He also set a SouthEastern Conference record for career wins as a starting quarterback. In 1998 he was selected by the Colts with the first-overall draft pick. Although the team struggled to a mere 3 wins in Manning's rookie season, they managed to win at least 10 games in 11 of the following 12 seasons.
Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts in March 2012 after missing all of the 2011 season due to a serious neck injury. He then signed with the Denver Broncos, who as of the 2015 season have won Division Championships in all of Manning's four seasons there. With Manning as quarterback, the Broncos reached reached the Super Bowl in 2014 but lost heavily to the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos returned to the championship game two seasons later and defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Manning comes from a well-known football family - his father Archie Manning played for the Saints, Oilers, and Vikings, while his brother Eli Manning has led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories as its quarterback.
In 1999, Manning founded the PeyBack Foundation, which aims at "providing leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk". St. Vincent Children's Hospital in Indianapolis was renamed "Peyton Manning's Children's Hospital at St. Vincent" in 2007 to honor his long-term support.
He retired after the 2015 season by winning his second ring.