As Peyton Manning gave his tearful farewell speech Monday afternoon, dozens of former teammates and even opponents across the NFL took to social media to express their gratitude. Here are some of the best:
To Mr. Manning pic.twitter.com/R106WnpHGY— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) March 7, 2016
Congrats to Peyton on an amazing career! I still remember suiting up for my 1st NFL game & being locker neighbors w/ 18 & him encouraging me— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) March 7, 2016
He also drew praise from athletes outside the NFL:
Congrats to Peyton Manning & his remarkable career. He is truly the definition of greatness. Thank you for being an example of excellence.— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) March 7, 2016
Even the man on the losing end of Manning's final Super Bowl win had a few nice words for the retiring quarterback.
I am grateful to have shared the field in your LAST game but most importantly I am grateful to have mimicked a style you created to bring out the best in MË! And that style is/was mastering the art of: PREPARAT1ØN. You have changed this game in ways you will never no and I admire the man you are on and off the field. You set the bar H1GH....extremelyHiGH and knowing your family, I know that's just the norm. I came into this league gagging and still gagging my talents to this day off of the things that YOÜ have done and accomplished; because you are and you will FOREVER be the STANDARD! So long SHER1FF! #omahaOMAHA #1STpickGÄNG #iWmW -1OVE
But what's being one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time without having a few (humorous) haters?
Look Peyton is a hall of fame qb who couldn't play dead in a western last year but career over all is astonishing but last year was— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 7, 2016