Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sacked
Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 37-28. Reuters

Peyton Manning is not thinking about retirement and will continue to play in the National Football League (NFL) in the 2015 NFL season. The 17-year veteran quarterback stated in a recent interview that he has currently no plans in calling it quits and would want to stay with the Denver Broncos if the franchise still want him to lead them under center.

"I have not thought about those circumstances at all," Manning said in an ESPN article . "I certainly plan on being back if the Broncos would have me, but at this point I'm kind of thinking about Oakland. I know this is the time where conversations about what head coaches are going to return and I guess for some reason I get to fall into that category because I'm closer to the same age as some of the coaches.

Despite four neck surgeries and already nearing his 40s, Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league. He also has the vote of confidence from Broncos general manager and former NFL QB great John Elway who showed support by saying that Manning still can play football even at this stage in his career.

The Broncos are coming off a 37-27 loss to the Cincinatti Bengals last Sunday but still owns the AFC West with a 11-4 record. Manning passed for 311 yards on 28-of-34 completions and had two touchdowns but was intercepted four times by the Bengals. Denver still has a shot at the first round bye and will most likely get it as they match up with the lowly Oakland Raiders (3-12), one of the worst teams in the entire league in the regular season.

Talks of retirement are normal every time Manning delivers a poor performance. Last year after he missed out on another Super Bowl title there were similar talks that Manning won’t be playing football again. But as per the star quarterback’s recent statements, it won’t matter if they win a championship this season as he’s still has the passion and healthy enough to extend his illustrious NFL career.