Denver Broncos quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired from the NFL today after 18 seasons, and he received a shoutout on Twitter from an unlikely group: Duke basketball.
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 7, 2016
This isn’t a huge surprise, as Manning often held workouts at Duke and visited there often throughout his NFL career. On top of that, the Blue Devils’ current football coach David Cutcliffe has a strong relationship with the Manning family. Not only was he Peyton’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee, but he was Eli Manning’s head coach at Ole Miss. In a way, one can say that Cutcliffe is one of the reasons Manning is retiring with five MVP trophies, two Super Bowl rings and 14 Pro Bowl honors.
The best part is that Duke’s basketball team was under no obligation to do this. It’s not like the Blue Devils play in the SEC and were giving a rival a shoutout. This was done out of pure benevolence and beautifully so.
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