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Peyton Manning received advice from Tony Dungy on retirement decision

Peyton Manning received advice from former coach Tony Dungy on his coming retirement decision, as Dungy told him to not make an emotional decision.

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Tony Dungy knows what it's like to contemplate retirement following a Super Bowl victory.  The former Colts coach - now a Hall of Fame coach - thought he would retire following the Colts' Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears and ride off into the sunset.  Instead, Dungy waited and thought things over, and he decided to come back for two more seasons leading the Colts before then deciding to retire.

Now, with Peyton Manning a Super Bowl champion for the second time and seriously considering retirement, he's heeding the advice of his former coach to not rush the decision.  He in the moments after the game and then again later in his press conference that he spoke with Dungy - pausing to call Dungy's Hall of Fame election "very special" - and that his former coach gave him the advice to not make an emotional decision.  Give it time and think it through, and then make the decision.  That's what Manning said he will do.

It is widely thought that Manning will walk away from the game as one of the greatest players in league history this offseason after winning another Super Bowl, though Manning is insistent that he hasn't had time to think it through and separate himself from the emotion like Dungy advised him to do.  Manning was never going to announce his retirement after the game - he wants it to be about his teammates, not himself - but it was clear that this very well could be it.  The entire atmosphere just had the feeling of Manning's last game and sending one of the best ever into retirement with a Super Bowl victory.

There's no doubt that it's the perfect storybook ending to Manning's career, but he says no decision has been made.  The Broncos will give him the time that he needs to make that decision, but it would be a surprise at this point if he choose to come back for another year.