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Goodell: NFL “forever grateful” for Peyton Manning’s contributions

NFL chief operating officer Roger Goodell and  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning  at a reception  at the United States Embassy in Tokyo Aug. 5. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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  1. scottbrowning2 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:53 PM

    Thats nice and all. I certainly wish Manning the best. But I just can’t care about what “Perjury” Goodell has to say about anything. Maybe someday he will own a dictionary and figure out what “integrity” actually means. Until then when his lips flap I just assume he is abusing the English language.

  2. hooterdawg says: Mar 6, 2016 1:56 PM

    You have to love how Manning got the last laugh on the desperate bottom-feeders in the media who have been focused on chipping away at his legacy. Now none of their rumors matter…the Sheriff rides off into the sunset for now.

  3. Big Ant TV says: Mar 6, 2016 1:57 PM

    roger guess what?
    meet your replacement
    as NFL COMMISSIONER
    peyton manning
    bet on
    THUMBS UP IF YOU’D LIKE PEYON AS THE NEW NFL COMMISH

  4. jag1959 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:59 PM

    The attempted theft of millions from the players has flushed any last semblance of this clowns credibility. Goodell is a lying thieving scumbag, real fans look forward to the day it is his ‘farewell ‘that is being commented on

  5. ly008 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:59 PM

    Goodell is a liar.

  6. forthegoodofthegame says: Mar 6, 2016 2:00 PM

    The NFL will miss an all-time great player. Players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have made Roger Goodell’s job easier for years. Since Roger Dodger has so much trouble saying anything that resembles the truth, maybe his silence would have been a more respectful acknowledgment of Peyton Manning’s great career.

  7. seriously423 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:05 PM

    fire goodell

    elect trump

  8. streetyson says: Mar 6, 2016 2:06 PM

    Great player, somewhat tarnished by not properly answering HGH allegations, and publicly trashing the reputation of a likely victim of his treatment room antics, and his sending heavies to tnreaten Sly’s parents – but all that’s ok by fopls wanting to see him become the next Commish! And its all ok by Goodell, who’d rather invent data and lie about testimony in order to persecute another QB over 0.2psi, despite no firm evidence and despite declining to investigate another QB (Rodgers) who admitted just such a scheme to improperly inflate balls.

  9. samgeyser says: Mar 6, 2016 2:08 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:59 PM
    The attempted theft of millions from the players has flushed any last semblance of this clowns credibility. Goodall is a lying thieving scumbag, real fans look forward to the day it is his ‘farewell ‘that is being commented on.

    Nailed this one jag. By the time this guy gets fired, we may not recognize the league. Yeah, even worse than now.

  10. dyims says: Mar 6, 2016 2:11 PM

    Retiring now to avoid the league looking deeper into the HGH allegations.

  11. surfinbird1 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:11 PM

    How’s that investigation coming along Roger. How much have you spent on it so far, 5 or 6 million? Didn’t think so.

  12. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 6, 2016 2:15 PM

    It’s sad Peyton rarely had the talent around him or the coaching that Brady did. He was a 10x more impactful player but lacked in many seasons a championship caliber roster. Too often he was solely relied upon to guide the team to the playoffs, and if he was less than stellar in January, his teams went him early. Polian/Dungy should be ashamed they didn’t accomplish more with Manning in Indianapolis.

  13. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 6, 2016 2:20 PM

    someones lips are moving again but aint nothing coming out………

  14. ad28bestever says: Mar 6, 2016 2:31 PM

    Nobody cares what you have to say Goodell, shut up.

  15. deeppurple13 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:37 PM

    Wow, this article is about celebrating Peyton manning’s legacy. Put the fire Goddell war drums away for one day and tip your hat to the G.O.A.T., the Sheriff, Big Papa Peyton himself.

  16. thesmartest1 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:41 PM

    Smartest thing he’s ever said. Cool.

  17. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 6, 2016 2:43 PM

    I don’t believe Goodell just out of principle

  18. getakluwe says: Mar 6, 2016 2:49 PM

    The NFL will be much better when Goodell retires.

  19. mongo3401 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:52 PM

    Peyton was the best not only on the field but also off the field. For the dillusional that think his image was tarnished ? No way.

  20. jag1959 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:56 PM

    deeppurple13 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 2:37 PM
    Wow, this article is about celebrating Peyton manning’s legacy. Put the fire Goddell war drums away for one day and tip your hat to the G.O.A.T., the Sheriff, Big Papa Peyton himself.
    ________________

    No this article is about the commi$$ioner’s statement regarding Manning’s retirement. I have posted respectful appreciations of Manning’s career and the joy of watching him play on many threads, not just the ones on his retirement. Manning is one of the greatest of the SB era, that duplicitous thief shouldn’t be allowed to speak his name.

  21. unoduotres says: Mar 6, 2016 2:59 PM

    Roger, Just to let you know, we football fans have come to watch and appreciate great QBs. We don’t watch the games or support the NFL because of you. Your attitude, nefarious actions and shameful treatment of an all -time great quarterback over the past year are cause for your immediate dismissal . Go back and sit on your sofa and ensure a seat cushion does not hit you in the head and cause you a sofa “concushion.”

  22. voiceofreason948 says: Mar 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Mar 6, 2016 2:15 PM

    It’s sad Peyton rarely had the talent around him or the coaching that Brady did. He was a 10x more impactful player but lacked in many seasons a championship caliber roster. Too often he was solely relied upon to guide the team to the playoffs, and if he was less than stellar in January, his teams went him early. Polian/Dungy should be ashamed they didn’t accomplish more with Manning in Indianapolis
    =================================

    Really? Peyton had Marshall Faulk, Edgerin James, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, etc. Brady had to try to win w/ guys like David Givens, Reche Caldwell, Jermaine Wiggins, etc. You are delusional. He always had a ton of offensive weapons. I will admit he did not have some great defenses. In fact, he stumbled on Championship #1 as a shell of himself and was carried by a terrific D.

    Goodell = slime. Just shut up. You praise Manning while still continuing a year-long witch hunt on another all-time great. You are also taking credit for great management of a league that rains money due to great players like Brady and Manning. NFL owners should smarten up and dump this bum. They have lost all credibility.

  23. pats are better than your team says: Mar 6, 2016 3:26 PM

    Let’s celebrate Tainton Manning and his obvious HGH abuse, but vilify someone who may have, possibly been, generally aware of the theft of a couple puffs of air.

    #allegedintegrity

  24. ebdug says: Mar 6, 2016 3:34 PM

    An office girl gives the commissioner a card to read … “Who’s Peyton Manning?”

  25. plum54 says: Mar 6, 2016 3:36 PM

    Roger is just grateful Manning retired so the HGH investigation can be tabled, though it’s doubtful it was even started.

  26. pleasefiregoodell says: Mar 6, 2016 3:43 PM

    Who cares what goodell says

  27. fanboyarmy says: Mar 6, 2016 3:48 PM

    To the Haters. Not only did Manning own your team on the field, he still owns your head off the field. LOL!

  28. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 6, 2016 3:58 PM

    you better hope nobody tea bags one of your loved ones, Peyton. Not going to be any sympathy for you, scumbag.

  29. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    voiceofreason948 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    Really? Peyton had Marshall Faulk, Edgerin James, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, etc. Brady had to try to win w/ guys like David Givens, Reche Caldwell, Jermaine Wiggins, etc. You are delusional. He always had a ton of offensive weapons. I will admit he did not have some great defenses. In fact, he stumbled on Championship #1 as a shell of himself and was carried by a terrific D.

    ================================

    It’s adorable when the Pat homers fail to acknowledge how many big games the Patriots won because of the guys AROUND Brady.

    That Snowbowl game? Yeah, that was a fumble, and Vinateri made a VERY improbable kick.

    SB 49? Malcolm Butler saved the day.

    The divisional playoff game in ’07 where Brady throws a pick and McCray fumbles and the Pats recover?

    Just admit it. The biggest difference between Peyton and Tom is Brady’s teams made the big plays around him more often than Peyton’s did.

  30. voiceofreason948 says: Mar 6, 2016 4:25 PM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Mar 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    It’s adorable when the Pat homers fail to acknowledge how many big games the Patriots won because of the guys AROUND Brady.

    That Snowbowl game? Yeah, that was a fumble, and Vinateri made a VERY improbable kick.

    SB 49? Malcolm Butler saved the day.

    The divisional playoff game in ’07 where Brady throws a pick and McCray fumbles and the Pats recover?

    Just admit it. The biggest difference between Peyton and Tom is Brady’s teams made the big plays around him more often than Peyton’s did.
    =================================
    As I said: You are delusional!

    Almost every game during a Super Bowl run needs help on both sides of the ball and with 45 man rosters, it proves that is a team game.

    You are another blind sheep treating the Snowbowl game as cheating. The tuck rule was a bad rule, but that was the correct call. Pats knew it all too well when earlier that season, it looked like they wrapped up victory against key rival Jets with a Testaverde “fumble” only to have it overturned. That was the rule.

    You say SB 49 was lucky for the Patriots. However, the reason Malcolm had to save the day was because of an extremely odd and lucky catch two plays earlier where a ball pin balled off of the receiver’s, thigh, foot, etc. and fell in his gut and he got a catch. These “lucky plays” go both ways.

    The Pats haters say Brady lost, but the first Giants SB was lost after a miracle helmet catch.

    The ’07 Pats looked done, but that fumble wasn’t luck, it was a great play by underappreciated Troy Brown to rip the ball out of his hands.

    Peyton’s one SB victory came during the’06 season where Pats were decimated by flu and coming in ill. Irsay cranked up the heat so the ill D ran out of gas (plus their usual piped in crowd noise). Then the Colts had a lay-up against the weak Grossman led Bears.

    Peyton closes a terrific career and was quite a talent. But I will take the guy who fights his way from a sixth round pick and guts out victories vs. racking up regular season numbers.

  31. PhD says: Mar 6, 2016 5:06 PM

    “He has served as a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community.”

    Because every town in America needs an HGH teabagger walking the streets to add to the class and integrity of the neighborhood.

  32. veddermn8 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:07 PM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Mar 6, 2016 4:07 PM

    It’s adorable when the Pat homers fail to acknowledge how many big games the Patriots won because of the guys AROUND Brady.

    That Snowbowl game? Yeah, that was a fumble, and Vinateri made a VERY improbable kick.

    SB 49? Malcolm Butler saved the day.

    The divisional playoff game in ’07 where Brady throws a pick and McCray fumbles and the Pats recover?

    Just admit it. The biggest difference between Peyton and Tom is Brady’s teams made the big plays around him more often than Peyton’s did.

    ………..

    Yea, Vinatieri has proved he is a pretty crappy kicker over the years…huh?

    And Brady and Vinatieri are the only players still around from those early Pats SB victories, so they must have done something right to stay in the league so long, like, um, put together Hall of Fame careers?

  33. lingsun54 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:15 PM

    I’ll always remember Manning as a guy who lost in the playoffs because he wanted big money more than he wanted to win. At least the cheater Brady helped his team by not trying to get every last dollar from his team.

  34. rportkid says: Mar 6, 2016 6:26 PM

    Goodell. Shut. Up. Opening your lying mouth ruins an occasion like this. Shut. Up.

  35. rootpain says: Mar 6, 2016 6:54 PM

    I think it was very disrespectful for Goodell the Narcissist to make any comments on Manning’s retirement. In spite of the fact that it doesn’t bother Goodell that he is uniformly despised and ridiculed right across the country, by fans from all NFL teams and their players, the fact that he knows we all know that he knows he is a liar and we don’t believe ANYTHING he says, makes everything he said that much more despicable. He knows we know everything he said about Manning he intended as a lie. Just be quite Goodell. You are the only person that thinks that everything is always about you.

  36. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Mar 6, 2016 7:00 PM

    Undisputed GOAT of the patty cake era.

    2 rings, 0 asterisks.

  37. Hitdog18 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:51 PM

    Unless you don’t count HGH as an asterisk

  38. bobsnygiants says: Mar 6, 2016 7:57 PM

    and the HGH.

  39. bobsnygiants says: Mar 6, 2016 7:58 PM

    and the HGH

  40. Ralphie says: Mar 6, 2016 8:18 PM

    Screw you, Goodell.

  41. bullcharger says: Mar 6, 2016 9:04 PM

    I actually agree with him despite wanting to gag when ever Goodell says anything.

  42. pleasefiregoodell says: Mar 6, 2016 9:23 PM

    I personally want to thank everyone who is against goodell

    I feel like I am not alone anymore

  43. tomtravis76 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:40 PM

    It’s to the point now that Everytime you see Roger’ s name , kinda turns your stomach and don’t even want to waste the time to see what BS is flowing from his mouth this time.

  44. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 6, 2016 11:43 PM

    We will be “forever grateful” to the person who tells Goodell his services are no longer required.
    :)

  45. varangia says: Mar 7, 2016 12:28 AM

    Let’s appreciate Peyton’s style of playing, by dumping these stupid, running QB rules.

  46. footballfan72 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:35 AM

    Peyton Manning single handedly put the clamps down on HGH use and put the NFL in the spotlight to stop steroid usage!

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