What an honor! Peyton Manning was one of three very talented athletes to receive the prestigious Icon Award at the 2016 ESPYs on July 13. And after a career like his, there’s no question the NFL star is deserving of this amazing award!
Peyton Manning, 40, was a recipient of the 2016 Icon Award at the ESPYs on July 13, and you better believe he got a standing ovation as he received the huge honor! The former football star’s speech was also super touching as he addressed all of his loyal fans and revealed that he couldn’t wait to become a fan again himself — aw!
“Watching those films, all I could think about was how fortunate these athletes are,” Peyton began his acceptance speech, referring to the incredible clips shown at the ESPYs so far. “Sports are nothing without the fans. Being a fan is how I first came to love the NFL. now that my time is up as a player, I’m looking forward to being a fan again and watching all of you in the audience tonight. Thank you very much. This is a tremendous honor.” And we totally agree!
Justin Timberlake, 35, presented the Icon Award this year — which was given to a total of three retiring athletes: Peyton, Kobe Bryant, and Abby Wambach. In a statement made by ABC, the network said: “These remarkable athletes will all be recognized for the indelible mark they have made on the world of sports,” and we have to say, we couldn’t agree more with whom they chose to recognize.
After all, the future hall-of-famer helped bring his team, the Denver Broncos, to an unbelievable Super Bowl victory this past season, bringing his total Super Bowl wins to an impressive two out of three attempts! Peyton then, just days later, epically announced that he would be hanging up his jersey for good and officially retiring!
At 39 years-old, Peyton was the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history, and we’re so glad that he got to end his career with a bang by bringing home one more trophy for his team. And it’s only fitting that he’d be honored with the Icon Award months later. The athlete is leaving behind a huge legacy as he’s the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940), and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre). WHAT a player!
What did you think of Peyton’s speech, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad he was one of the three who won the Icon Award this year?