Former teammates and opponents praise Peyton Manning as he announces retirement

When quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, his brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, didn’t exactly look thrilled.

But after the press conference Monday in which Peyton Manning officially announced his retirement, less than a month after winning the second Super Bowl of his career, his brother’s take was much different. In a piece that aired on ESPN that looked back at Peyton Manning’s career, Eli Manning narrated old home movies and season-defining highlights, and he talked about what his brother meant to him. 

And it was precious.

Not everyone had nice things to say about Manning. Take Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams.

Though Manning is an all-time great and one of the best quarterbacks ever to take the field, Williams—who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns as a 32-year-old last year but who has also underperformed for much of his career—didn’t think much of Manning’s final season.

Williams, of course, is right. Manning, for much of the 2015 season, was the worst he’s ever been. But Manning did help his team win a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

Aside from Williams and some on Twitter who reminded us about Manning’s controversies during the past few months—including allegations that he sexually harassed a University of Tennessee trainer when he was in college, and that he had human growth hormone delivered to his house—most people took to social media to praise Manning and his career.

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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….extremelyH1GH 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

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But as usual, Manning had the last word.

#ThankYouPeyton

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Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.