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What Does The Future Hold For Peyton Manning?

Intro: The entire NFL world wants to know---what is in store for Peyton Manning after a Hall of Fame playing career?


INDIANAPOLIS – It's the million dollar question on the minds of Colts' fans, Broncos' fans, TV executives and just about anyone who has some rooting interesting in the NFL.

What will Peyton Manning do in his life after football?

Manning doesn't even know. Or, if he does, he's not revealing it.

Here's what we do know about Manning's post playing career:

-He's not running for president.

-He's going to take his time (not likely to commit to something this fall).

-And fans can probably expect to see Manning at a New York Giants and/or Tennessee Volunteers game this fall.

In the weeks since Manning's career ended under the confetti of a second Super Bowl trophy, he's reflected on the past, instead of pondering too much about the future.

"I've tried to kind of enjoy these conversations going down memory lane," Manning, who turned 40 years old on Thursday, said in Indianapolis last week. "I haven't made any more decisions or had any conversations about what's next."

Like he has in his previous NFL offseasons, Manning's time between now and August will be pretty occupied with various commitments and appearances.

While many want answers on Manning's future job wise, the value of patience is something the five-time MVP is going to utilize.

"The one thing that I want to do is kind of take my time," Manning says.

"I think the biggest mistake would be to rush into something and go, 'Wow, what am I doing? I'm not ready for this or what not.' I haven't had a fall off in about 25 years. Something about that has some appeal to it."

It is going to be odd to start an NFL season knowing Peyton Manning won't be under center.

Football in the fall has been Manning's life for the past 20-25 years.

Come Week One of the 2016 season, Manning isn't quite sure what his emotions will be when the ball is kicked.

"I have a feeling that I'll be okay," Manning says.

"I have no regrets, because I've worked so hard and prepared as hard as I could to get ready to play. You cannot say that I was shorted. I think I'll be okay."

Behind the scenes photos from the Peyton Manning press conference at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The Colts announced that #18 will be retired and a statue of Manning will be erected outside Lucas Oil Stadium.

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