A roller coaster season for Peyton Manning is continuing on to the Super Bowl.
The former Tennessee quarterback led the Denver Broncos to their second Super Bowl berth in three seasons with a thrilling 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game. This will be Manning’s fourth Super Bowl appearance, where he holds a 1-2 record.
It has been a turbulent season for the future Hall of Fame quarterback. He spent much of the season’s second half on the bench and didn’t appear to have the same arm strength as he did in the past. Regardless, the 39-year-old Manning completed 17 of his 32 pass attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s win.
Manning’s time on the field may be nearing an end. But before he says goodbye for good, he will have the chance to raise the Lombardi Trophy one last time.
Following the victory, several notable figures congratulated Manning on Twitter.
Former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge tipped his cap to a fellow Vol:
Congrats Mr. Manning. You have beyond earned this one. Tip of cap from everyone watching.
— Erik Ainge (@ErikAinge3) January 24, 2016
So did former Tennessee lineman Brad Lampley:
I know I'm biased but there's never been anybody to do what he's done, to overcome what he has and to do it with total class. GOAT 18. #VFL
— Brad Lampley (@BALampley79) January 24, 2016
Zach Azzanni, the Vols’ wide receivers coach, also showed Manning some love:
Wow! So Happy for Peyton Manning! He deserves it and works for it!
— Zach Azzanni COACH Z (@UTCoachZA) January 24, 2016
Miami Dolphin and recent Tennessee lineman Ja’Wuan James showed some respect his fellow NFL player:
The Sheriff #respect
— Ja'Wuan James (@JawuanJames70) January 24, 2016
Darwin Walker, a former defensive tackle for the Vols, gave his old teammate some advice:
Congrats to my #VFL teammate Peyton Manning!!! What a game! Peyton should be kissing every member of that D-Line!
— Darwin Walker (@TheRealDWalker) January 24, 2016
And last, but not least, the man they call “Magic” congratulated Manning:
Congrats to Peyton Manning who proved to everyone that he's not finished, had one more big game performance, now taking team to #SuperBowl50
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 24, 2016
The Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl! Denver defeats New England, 20-18, in a thriller. pic.twitter.com/ID82tAzDRz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 24, 2016
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 25, 2016