Peyton Manning was close to tears as he addressed his team-mates ahead of Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos' president Joe Ellis has revealed.
In a team meeting on Saturday, the 39-year-old quarterback reportedly did not tell his fellow players whether the clash with the Carolina Panthers would be - as is widely expected - his final NFL game.
But Ellis did state that Manning was emotional as he took his turn to address the team after head coach Gary Kubiak had given his thoughts ahead of the game in California.
"Peyton told a few jokes to lighten the mood," Ellis told ESPN.
"But then he got very emotional [when talking about what the game meant to him] and so did DeMarcus [Ware].
"The room was silent and it was a very emotional gathering. Both were very emotional and near tears."
Sunday's clash will be Manning's fourth Super Bowl appearance. He has won one and lost two of his three previous appearances in the showpiece event.