Peyton Manning’s decision to retire from the NFL went public on Sunday morning and the day has seen plenty of notable members of the football world offer their congratulations.
Patriots quarterback and longtime Manning foil Tom Brady called it an honor to play against Manning and said Manning “changed the game forever” in a Facebook post. Brady foil and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also issued a statement about Manning on Sunday.
“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” Goodell said. “Peyton’s competitive fire and love of the game made him a legendary player who thrilled fans for a generation. He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community. We are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know that his success will continue in the next phase of his life.”
The last time that Goodell talked about Manning was in an interview before the Super Bowl and that discussion had to do with the NFL’s investigation into allegations that Manning used human growth hormone. With Manning retiring, the conversation changes to a more positive one for the league that Manning is complimented for serving so well.