It’s the end of an era as Peyton Manning has retired! The Denver Broncos quarterback gave an emotional farewell to the game he reveres on March 7 and fans returned the love. Celebs like Nick Carter, Jeff Gordon and more congratulated the player they consider ‘the greatest of all time.’ Click to see!
There will never be another player like Peyton Manning, 39, and football fans made sure to let him know that. After winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, Peyton decided to call it a day on an epic, 18-year-career and his fans erupted in tearful good-byes to the sports icon.
“I’ve fought a good fight, and finished my football race. And after 18 years, it’s time,” Peyton said through tears during his March 7 announcement. After Peyton said that he would miss the small things — like the post-game handshake with friend Tom Brady, 38, and calling his brother (and New York Giants quarterback) Eli Manning, 35, to talk about the game – Peyton finally retired. “God bless all of you,” he said. “And god bless football.”
Fans were quick to say thanks to Peyton. Rob Lowe, 51, said Peyton’s speech was “a clinic on class, gratitude, humor, intellect and emotion.” Tim McGraw, 48, echoed that, saying the #18 was a man of “class.” Nick Carter, 36, sent his congratulations for his “epic career.” Even Jeff Gordon, 44, who just retired from NASCAR himself, was amazed. “What a way to go out. On top!” Even British racing car driver, Pippa Mann, 32, gave props to the man who made her a fan!
Peyton’s fellow football players showed respect for the all-time leader in passing touchdowns. Mark Ingram, 26, said Peyton “is that dude! Simple as that!” And Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, 46, called him “one of the greatest to play the game.”
Fans of the game got choked up over Peyton’s speech, crying as much as Peyton did as he said good-bye. Some even wished that he were running for president! In fact, while some might say Peyton is the greatest quarterback of all time, one fan said his retirement announcement was the greatest speech of all time!
Huge congrats on an amazing 18 year career Peyton Manning! What a way to go out. On top!
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) March 7, 2016
— Pippa Mann (@PippaMann) March 7, 2016
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) March 7, 2016
Peyton Manning is that dude! Simple as that!
— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) March 7, 2016
Peyton Manning's farewell speech: a clinic on class, gratitude, humor, intellect and emotion. Football's GOAT ambassador moves on. #18
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 7, 2016
Peyton Manning Congratulations on retirement. You played an integral role as a Colt, then Bronco and one of the greatest to play the game.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) March 7, 2016
I wish Peyton Manning was running for president.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 7, 2016
— Brandon Pope ABC 57 (@BpopeTV) March 7, 2016
— Reid Petway (@theleapingdwarf) March 7, 2016
I don't cry a ton but Peyton Manning's retirement speech has me weeping. It's the end of an era, folks. What an amazing career.
— Amie Wells (@TitansAmie) March 7, 2016
Actually crying listening to this #PeytonManningRetirement speech oh my 😩😭
— The Cains (@TheCainsMusic) March 7, 2016
“There’s something about 18 years,” Peyton said as he reflected on his career during his soon-to-be-legendary press conference. “18 is a good number. Today, I retire from pro-football.” Though fans are heartbroken that he’s gone, Peyton went out on top – with an epic Super Bowl 50 victory and a kiss from his loved one.
Are you sad that Peyton retired, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think it’s the right time for him to walk away.