After 18 seasons in the NFL, the wear and tear of playing quarterback has clearly taken its toll on Manning–who probably saved himself countless other hits with his quick release and incredible pocket awareness.
After all, the superstar quarterback made 227 consecutive starts (2nd all-time) before finally succumbing to injury.
However, the 39 year old has already undergone cervical fusion surgery on his neck, which cost him the entirety of the 2011 season, as well as battled a handful of other injuries over the past few seasons. In fact, just this season, Manning suffered torn plantar fascia of his left foot which cost him 6 regular season games.
Perhaps, no one knows more than Manning these days how rough and hard this game can be on the physical body, having had to work so hard in his rehabilitation just to return to the game he clearly loves.
The hip replacement surgery can wait for now; however, as Manning will play perhaps his final NFL game on Super Bowl Sunday against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.
#18 will be under center for the Denver Broncos for likely the last time.