Peyton Manning is hanging up his cleats. The legendary NFL and Tennessee quarterback made it official during a heartfelt send-off press conference on Monday afternoon.
Plenty of current and former teammates, along with analysts and fans, reacted to Manning’s widely-praised speech as well and took to Twitter to comment on Manning’s career.
The headliners might have been a pair of legendary running backs: Eric Dickerson and Emmitt Smith. The tailbacks both gave Manning a shoutout on social media.
Congratulations to #PeytonManning on remarkable career. Class act on and off the field. I will miss watching him on Sunday's.
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) 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
Defensive end Justin Tuck admitted just how much he hated going against Manning, but added that he still admired him as a player.
Peyton Manning I HATED playing against you but LOVED watching you play. What a honor to have shared the field with you. #Greatness
— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) March 7, 2016
Ronnie Hillman, who spent the past four seasons taking handoffs from Manning, labeled the QB as the greatest of all time.
— Ronnie Hillman (@MrHillman2U) March 7, 2016
Antonie Bethea had the pleasure of playing with Manning in Indianapolis and also experienced trying to play defense against him.
— Antoine Bethea (@ABethea41) March 7, 2016
Wide receiver Torrey Smith felt youthful again when thinking about playing against Manning.
Still feel like a little kid when I think about being on the opposite sideline of Peyton Manning
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 7, 2016
One of Manning’s most well-known sponsors also made sure to thank its spokesperson.
— Nationwide (@Nationwide) March 7, 2016
One major question regarding Manning’s retirement was whether he would retire as a Denver Bronco or an Indianapolis Colt. Manning didn’t give a clear solution.
Peyton Manning said he is retiring as a football player from the University of Tennessee that played for the Colts and the Broncos.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 7, 2016
Some media members went out of their way to honor Manning and made note of his character on and off the field.
We should all be so blessed to love our job as much as Peyton Manning loved his.
— Brian Hammons (@BrianHammons) March 7, 2016
As a father of 3 boys, what a blessing it's been to have Peyton Manning be one of the preeminent faces of sports for the last two decades.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) March 7, 2016
— Jill Arrington (@JillArrington) March 7, 2016
Other pundits made sure to mention Manning as the greatest quarterback to ever play.
Rank QBs anyway you want, but Peyton Manning leaves the game with the greatest resume of anyone that's ever played the position.
— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) March 7, 2016
It will never be another #18 The game is a better game because you played Boss Man!! Hear from you when you speak in Canton ##PeytonManning
— Marcus Spears (@mspear96) March 7, 2016
Of course, it was Manning’s final word of his press conference that had people buzzing the most: “Omaha.”
Peyton Manning capped his retirement press conference with this: 'Omaha'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 7, 2016
#Omaha (Peyton Manning drop mic, walks off into sunset)
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 7, 2016