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Peyton Manning to announce retirement Monday

After earning a record five MVP awards and, finally, his second Super Bowl trophy, Peyton Manning will retire from the NFL.

USA TODAY Sports has confirmed Manning will make the announcement on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity because Manning has not made the decision public.

ESPN was the first to report the decision.

This was the ending most were expecting after Manning’s 18th season, a year unlike any other in his career. For much of the 2015 season, Manning, 39, was at his worst, looking old and too weak with a depleted right arm and balky left foot.

But when it was over, he was good enough to help lead the Denver Broncos to their third Super Bowl title as a complementary piece to the NFL’s No. 1 defense, the season culminating with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Still, Manning’s post-Super Bowl time has been quiet. Renewed scrutiny of the alleged 1986 incident at the University of Tennessee incident with a school trainer and the cloud of an HGH investigation have threatened to muddy the squeaky-clean…

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