NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Welcome in to Juan's World where my thoughts this morning have been in the Mile High city of Denver.
Peyton Manning's retirement from football after 18 years in the NFL didn't come as a shock. It didn't catch anyone off guard. Since he walked away from Super Bowl 50 with his second ring, many believed the next time we'd hear from Peyton would be at an event like today. It would be with the Newman Greenie bidding farewell to the one job he held for nearly the past two decades.
Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Peyton Manning did for the game. You have to admire his approach to the game. And it's ok to be a bit envious of how, most times, Manning made the game look so easy. The greats have a way of doing that.
Eighteen years of doing what you love. I can't help but think that, maybe, Peyton could've kept on going. That he could've gotten two more years under his belt. How many guys can say that they've been able to survive car crash type hits, every week, for twenty years.
I'm trying to think of things that I've done consistently for the past eighteen years, besides wake up, eat, fall asleep, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Today, Peyton Manning began his goodbye speech by thanking the people of New Orleans for supporting him. He reminded us that this is his home and it's where his game was cultivated. I know, I know…there are some Saints fans that still don't like Peyton for how he supposedly snubbed his post-game duties of good sportsmanship in Super Bowl 44. But, I'm willing to give him a pass considering the stage and the disappointment that can come from losing the biggest game of your life. And I'm sure that once the cameras were off and the fans went home, that Peyton reached out to Sean Payton and Drew Brees and Mr. Benson and gave them the proper congratulations.
Eighteen years of excellence on the football field. Eighteen years of Omaha, Omaha. The records he holds reminds us that he's one of the best to ever play the game. But for the many of us that got to see him doing his thing, between the white lines, we don't need his numbers as a reminder. Our memories of him today will be the same many years from now.
They'll re-affirm what we've long known. That Peyton Manning was a special football player
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