After 18 years in the NFL, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement on Monday in a heartfelt and emotional speech.

Manning retires as one of the all-time great quarterbacks in NFL history. He is the NFLs all-time leader in passing touchdowns with 539, passing yards with 71,940 and quarterback wins with 186. He also holds single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing TDs (55). He set those records in just 2013.

Manning spent most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he won the Super Bowl in 2006. He lost a SB with the Colts against the New Orleans Saints and lost another with Denver in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks.

He retired just one month after winning his second Super Bowl when the Broncos beat the Panthers.

It was the perfect way for Manning to go out. Rarely do athletes get to retire on their own terms and going out on top - and Manning did.