Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos visited the White House on Monday in honor of their latest Super Bowl victory against the Carolina Panthers.
President Barack Obama, always known for a couple of good one-liners during team visits (see: Alabama), dropped a pretty good one on Manning.
Obama jokingly referred to Manning as “the guy from those commercials” before waxing poetic about one of the greatest careers college or pro football has ever seen.
“I’m so pleased to be able to host Peyton here at the White House before I left,” Obama said, via ProFootballTalk. “Anybody who’s been a football fan has watched one of the greatest Hall of Fame careers ever, racking up more wins, more MVPs, more passing yards, more touchdown passes than anyone in history. The only quarterback to lead two different teams to Super Bowl wins.
“We were all, obviously, a little disappointed to see him hang them up this spring, but as someone who’s just a little older than he is, I’m sympathetic to the idea that running around with these guys takes its toll. It’s great to see someone with a career like that, who always conducted himself on the field and off the field the way he did, to be able to go out on top.”