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Peyton Manning plays down talk of potential retirement

8:53 AM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 26: Starting quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos addresses the media on January 26, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jersey City, N.J. - Peyton Manning seemed to dispel all those questions about possibly retiring should he win next Sunday in the Super Bowl.

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Shortly after arriving in Jersey City for next week's game against Seattle, Manning was in front of a larger group of national media, and the Broncos quarterback said his love of the game will keep him around awhile long.

"I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point coming off that surgery," Manning said. "I still enjoy the preparation part of it. The work part of it. ... I think if you still enjoy the work part of it, the preparation part of it, you should still be doing it.

"As soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can't produce, I can't help the team, that's when I'll stop playing. If that's next year, maybe it is, but I certainly want to continue to keep playing."

Manning, 37, signed a five-year contract in March 2012 with the last two years optional.

Manning said he's talked with players who have gone out with a championship as their final game - John Elway, Ray Lewis, Michael Strahan - and thinks that's intriguing but he's not looking ahead.

"I had no plans beyond this game. I had no plans coming into this season beyond this year," Manning said. "I think that's the healthy way to approach your career at this stage."

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