Peyton Manning walked up to the podium, with a folder containing his retirement speech. He might of wanted this to go just like any other corporate speech but there was no chance of that happening. As prepared as Manning is and has been for everything in his life, there is just no way to script how you will feel saying goodbye to the game you have given your life to.
He needed to take a few moments before starting his speech to compose himself and get his thoughts together. With his family, friends, and former teammates looking on in the Denver Broncos meeting room, Manning had a news conference to say farewell to the NFL after 18-lengendary seasons with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. And while he was able to keep it together for the most part there were moments when it was obviously hard for the “Sheriff” to realize that he was in fact officially saying good-bye to the NFL, it was an emotional day.
“There is something about 18 years … 18 is a good number,” Manning said. “Today, I retire from pro football.”
Now that it is finally official we can look back and appreciate the career of one of the all-time greats. In case you missed it, take a look at Peyton Manning’s retirement speech in the video below!
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