After battlng ankle, knee and shoulder injuries during his first four NFL seasons, Hugh Thornton has decided to walk away while he still can.
The offensive lineman has decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 25, and less than two months since joining the Falcons as a free agent.
The Falcons announced his retirement on Tuesday.
During halftime of that game, the team will also induct Manning into its Ring of Honor. The day before, a statue of Manning will be unveiled outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in a ceremony.
Seven previous Colts players have had their numbers retired: Johnny Unitas (19), Buddy Young (22), Lenny Moore (24), Art Donovan (70), Jim Parker (77), Raymond Berry (82) and Gino Marchetti (89).
“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” Manning said.
Manning spent the first 13 seasons of his NFL career with the Colts, leading them to victory in Super Bowl 41. After several neck surgeries, he was released only to be scooped up by the Broncos for his final four NFL seasons.
He won Super Bowl 50 with Denver, making him the only starting quarterback in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl victories.
The Rams hired a young offensive hotshot as their coach, but that person was Sean McVay. The Bills went with a well-respected longtime defensive coordinator, but it was Sean McDermott. The 49ers, Broncos and Chargers went in different directions with their new head coaches.