Peyton Manning said he would miss the little things the most during Monday’s emotional retirement press conference.
But the always detailed-oriented Manning didn’t just leave it at that. The former Tennessee star fittingly went in-depth on some of his favorite NFL memories.
“I’m going to miss a steak dinner at St. Elmo’s in Indianapolis after a win,” Manning said during his presser.
Manning also paid homage to some of the best players he’s ever gone up against, such as Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson and Ed Reed. He also discussed some of his favorite memories with his teammates.
“I’ll miss figuring out blitzes with Jeff Saturday, Reggie (Wayne) sitting on top of the bench next to me and perfecting a fake handoff to Edgerrin James,” Manning said. “I’ll miss Demaryius Thomas telling me that he loved me and thanking me for coming to Denver after every touchdown I threw to him.”
Manning also discussed how he’ll miss talking about the games afterward with his dad, Archie, and looking up the Giants score and calling his brother, Eli. He concluded his talk about the “little things” by thanking the fans.
“Fans, you are at the core of what makes this game remarkable,” Manning said. “I’ve received more letters from you than I can count. Fan letters that have touched me, made me think, laugh and moved me to act.
“I’ve learned a lot through my mistakes, stumbles and losses in football. I’ve also learned that this game is a mighty platform that has given me a voice that can echo well beyond the game.”
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It's the little things. That's what Peyton Manning is going to miss most.
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