In case there was any doubt -- and, frankly, we don't know why there would be -- 38-year-old Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.
Coming off the most productive two-year stretch of his Hall of Fame career, the Broncos quarterback says he'll continue to play as long as he's effective.
"I still enjoy the work and preparation," Manning said, via the Associated Press.
The quarterback says he would like to play out his contract, which runs through 2016.
"Sometimes I sort of kick back and I pause and I think what sorts of things would I miss the most if I wasn't playing," he said.
"Being in the huddle," Manning continued. "That's what I missed most when I was injured, I'll say that. I mean, there's no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide. I know there are meetings, there are video conferences. But that huddle, because of where it takes place: it's often on the road, in the middle of the field, in front of 80,000 people, it's unique."
Put another way: Manning loves the camaraderie.
"When you don't play football anymore, you can broadcast, you can coach, you can be in management, whatever, but you are not allowed to go into the huddle anymore," he said. "That huddle is just for players. You can go into the locker room after the game and you can speak to the team, but I think any retired player would probably tell you they miss the huddle."
Retirement talk is nothing new. The question was first posed to Manning following the 2011 season, which he missed after having multiple neck surgeries (but before the Colts released him and he signed with the Broncos). And the topic came up again in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, a game that saw the Seahawks dominate the Broncos from start to finish.
"When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that," Manning said before the game. "I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can't produce, if I can't help a team, that's when I will stop playing."