On Monday, Peyton Manning will officially announce his retirement from the NFL.
With the news that the future Hall of Fame quarterback is set to ride off into the sunset, there have been people from around the sports world that have come out to congratulate Manning on an impressive career.
One of the latest names in football to publicly send their congratulations to Manning is New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“It is with great admiration that I congratulate Peyton Manning for his tremendous career in the National Football League,” Belichick said, via Field Yates of ESPN.com. “Peyton raised the bar as a performer and as a competitor and with a personal class in which he carried himself off the field. My relationship with Peyton is special, it is unique and it is one that I value greatly. For 18 years, we battled fiercely but regardless of each game’s outcome, I always walked off the field with the utmost appreciation for the highest level of competition in which those games were prepared for and played. Peyton’s immense contributions to the game reflect how genuinely passionate he is about it.
“I can honestly say that I never ‘enjoyed’ our meetings, but the respect I have for Peyton Manning as a competitor was, and will likely remain, second to none.”
While Belichick didn’t particularly “enjoy” the meetings, he is one of the men who was able to get the best of the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback throughout his coaching career.
Throughout their meetings, Belichick compiled a 12-8 record.
Now that Manning is set to begin the next step of his career, we will see if perhaps he can find a way to get the edge over Belichick — perhaps as an executive with another NFL team.
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