Peyton Manning vs Cam Newton: Can The Sheriff out-duel Superman?

This is the fourth Super Bowl appearance for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. It's the first for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Story highlights

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning could be playing in the final game of his career
  • Broncos' cornerback Aqib Talib on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: "Super unique"
  • This is the largest age gap in Super Bowl history between the starting quarterbacks

San Francisco (CNN)We've seen a story like this before.

There's an aging quarterback in a Denver Broncos uniform who potentially could finish his career on top by winning what could be his final game, a Super Bowl.
Yes, Peyton Manning -- who, at age 39, will be the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history when he takes the field for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, against the Carolina Panthers -- likely is trying to do just that. Manning won't confirm that Sunday will be his last game. But it sure feels that way.
    Manning isn't the first quarterback in Bronco history to try and do this, and that's no coincidence.
    His boss, John Elway, the Broncos' general manager and executive vice president of football operations, brought Manning to Denver in 2012. When he convinced Manning to play for the Broncos, Elway, according to ESPN, promised the future NFL Hall-of-Famer that he would do everything in his power to help him finish his career in the way he finished his.
    Now, it's Manning's turn.

    Could history repeat itself?

    Back on January 31, 1999, in Super Bowl XXXIII, Elway, then 38, earned Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors for guiding the Broncos to victory over the Atlanta Falcons. At the time, Elway was the oldest quarterback in Super Bowl history, and he rode off into retirement with his second championship.
    The same scenario could play out on Sunday with Manning winning his second ring -- the first coming with the Indianapolis Colts. Should he win Super Bowl 50, Manning would become the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with more than one team.
    "(Manning) doesn't need to worry or think about retirement now," Elway said earlier this week. "He's worked too hard to get where he is now. There's no sense in talking about whether he's going to end it now or not. He has plenty of time in the off-season to reminisce and look back. His key thing is to concentrate and stay in the moment. This is what he worked for."