ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have confirmed that Peyton Manning is going to retire.

Manning has informed Broncos general manager John Elway he's calling it a career after 18 seasons in the NFL.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported the decision Sunday morning.

Just shy of 40, Manning will forgo $19 million and a 19th season in the NFL, where he served as both a throwback and a transformer during a glittering career bookmarked by an unprecedented five MVP awards and dozens of passing records.

Manning leaves as the NFL's all-time leading passer and winningest starting quarterback, the only one in to win Super Bowls with two franchises.

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