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Peyton Manning: I’m nearing the end, so I’m enjoying it more

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning knows that his Hall of Fame career, which started in 1998, can’t go on much longer. So he wants to savor every moment.

Manning said after a cold outdoor practice today in Denver that he’s eagerly anticipating Sunday’s game against the Chargers, but he’s also trying to enjoy every day at work, and appreciate the fact that he’s fortunate to be getting ready for a playoff game on Sunday.

“It’ll be a great atmosphere Sunday playing a good football team, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than to be in that opportunity,” Manning said. “It’s certainly my goal to enjoy the preparation -- not just the game, to actually enjoy the preparation part of it, enjoy being around the guys. Because certainly the light is at end of tunnel for me, no question, so you enjoy these things maybe even more than maybe you have in the past.”

At age 37, Manning obviously doesn’t have many more opportunities like the one he and the Broncos have right now. He has to hope he has three more games to enjoy, culminating in the Super Bowl, and that his 16th NFL season doesn’t come to an end on Sunday.