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Peyton sent individual texts to teammates late last night

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Word broke this morning that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will retire. Before that, the man who always aspired to be a great teammate let his teammates know his plans.

Per a league source, Manning began sending individual text messages to teammates late last night, informing them of his plans to retire.

To their credit, the teammates opted for discretion, allowing the news to be broken in the way that Peyton wanted it to be broken.

Now, Monday will be Peyton Manning Day in Denver and throughout the NFL, with Manning getting the recognition that his many accomplishments merit. One of the most important accomplishments to him surely has been that he always respected and cherished his teammates.

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38 Responses to “Peyton sent individual texts to teammates late last night”
  1. drgfri says: Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM

    What ever happened to a call? Am I supposed to be impressed by the “class” of individual text messages? Lazy impersonal attempt to control the narrative.

  2. willycents says: Mar 6, 2016 1:16 PM

    As usual, Manning displays nothing but respect and class in his dealings. Too bad that more NFL players don’t take a lesson and display the same.

  3. greenbaychicksarefat says: Mar 6, 2016 1:17 PM

    Gotta put an asterisk on his bust because of the HGH. You can’t deny the fact that he took a banned substance to come back from a career ending injury. Facts are facts, he cheated. But enjoy your retirement & making millions more by selling the worst pizza you could ever buy.

  4. codysmart says: Mar 6, 2016 1:17 PM

    Peyton4Prez2016

  5. deuce656 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:19 PM

    drgfri says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM
    What ever happened to a call? Am I supposed to be impressed by the “class” of individual text messages? Lazy impersonal attempt to control the narrative.

    —————————

    You mean Peyton’s attempt to impress you fell short??? Oh No!! Whatever will he do?

  6. patsbrat says: Mar 6, 2016 1:20 PM

    willycents says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:16 PM

    As usual, Manning displays nothing but respect and class in his dealings. Too bad that more NFL players don’t take a lesson and display the same.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yeah, PFT commenters too…

  7. buckeyeguy5 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:22 PM

    “One of the most important accomplishments to him surely has been that he always respected and cherished his teammates.”

    Except for that one “idiot kicker”, right?!

  8. hahalolrofl says: Mar 6, 2016 1:25 PM

    What ever happened to a call?
    ———

    Save that for your girlfriend or wife.

  9. rogerdw66 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:25 PM

    What’s the over-under on mentions of Papa J’s in his retirement speech? One is a lock, I’m guessing 3. And, BTW, there is NO evidence that he took HGH. I’m not saying he did or didn’t, only that currently, that proof is not out there.

  10. jerry944 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    drgfri says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM
    What ever happened to a call? Am I supposed to be impressed by the “class” of individual text messages? Lazy impersonal attempt to control the narrative.
    —————-‘-
    Spoken by a guy posting on a blog..way to go

  11. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 6, 2016 1:45 PM

    say as you wish but hes class act and I will miss he and TB12 going at it…………

  12. upperdecker19 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:46 PM

    But did Papa John receive one of these texts?

  13. 46namredyps11 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:53 PM

    It was a nice run.

  14. joenash72 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:58 PM

    drgfri says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM
    What ever happened to a call? Am I supposed to be impressed by the “class” of individual text messages? Lazy impersonal attempt to control the narrative.

    —————

    Guess we know who’s still relying on a landline…😉

  15. jag1959 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:04 PM

    Kudos to the guys that got the text and kept their mouths shut.

    jerry944 says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    drgfri says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:14 PM
    What ever happened to a call? Am I supposed to be impressed by the “class” of individual text messages? Lazy impersonal attempt to control the narrative.
    —————-‘-
    Spoken by a guy posting on a blog..way to go
    ____________________

    Post your number. I’m sure he’d be happy to give you a call

  16. mjd08501 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:12 PM

    greenbaychicksarefat says:
    Mar 6, 2016 1:17 PM
    Gotta put an asterisk on his bust because of the HGH. You can’t deny the fact that he took a banned substance to come back from a career ending injury. Facts are facts, he cheated. But enjoy your retirement & making millions more by selling the worst pizza you could ever buy.
    _______________________

    Can we ban Patriots fans from commenting on anything related to Peyton Manning, Roger Goodell, the Indianapolis Colts, and Rex Ryan? Please?

  17. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2016 2:18 PM

    Nobody is bigger than the game, but Peyton comes about as close as anyone has ever come. What a great player, great teammate, and great human being. He’s been in the public spotlight for decades and has always conducted himself with class. One of the greatest American sportsmen of all time. What a joy to be able to witness this man’s career. Every teammate and every coach he’s ever had, is better because of him.

  18. animalkindness says: Mar 6, 2016 2:35 PM

    He is the reason I began watching the NFL. I loved watching him play and will miss him.

  19. march131993 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:39 PM

    I’m sure it’s a very emotional decision 4 him & trying to talk to 31 different teammates would be hard 2 do. I’m a big fan, been to 3 games, met him, autograph, etc. He has never been anything but respectful to/about others, a great player, friend, son, husband, father, etc. I have several of his games on DVR, but can’t comprehend won’t see him on the field again. Football won’t be the same w/o him, so glad he’s going out this way. I wish him nothing but the best in the years to come.

  20. oscarxray says: Mar 6, 2016 2:50 PM

    He should have sent Omaha Steaks.

  21. plum54 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:52 PM

    Wonder if the HGH issue didn’t come out if he still would have retired. Guess his retirement saves the NFL the time & money that would have been spent on the investigation, but bet the FDA will still persue their own investigation.

  22. gobs56 says: Mar 6, 2016 2:53 PM

    Best ever.

    Like to see Brady win a Superbowl wih two different teams.

  23. fanboyarmy says: Mar 6, 2016 3:46 PM

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

  24. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 6, 2016 3:52 PM

    Love him or hate him he deserves some respect for his career. That sentence is all I got for him. Good bye.

  25. raiderinva says: Mar 6, 2016 3:53 PM

    “He didn’t send me a text me letting me know about his retirement?” Mike Vanderjagt

  26. Bizzareslantpass says: Mar 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    Anybody that wants to talk trash about a true professional, like Peyton Manning, needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. Congrats on an unbelievable career Peyton!

  27. orivar says: Mar 6, 2016 4:18 PM

    Gotta put an asterisk on his bust because of the HGH. You can’t deny the fact that he took a banned substance to come back from a career ending injury. Facts are facts, he cheated.

    —–

    Besides the FACT that there aren’t any FACTS, using hgh isn’t cheating. It doesn’t give any advantage besides recovery. Actually I wouldn’t have a problem if he used hgh and think more athletes should use it, especially with something as serious a neck injury which will affect them outside of football. Now, Hgh along with a steroid cycle is when there’s a problem.

  28. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 6, 2016 4:55 PM

    Wow, how warm he is with the use of text messages! Very lazy on his part. I know his mother taught him better.

    Honestly, I’m relieved this stuff is over. Go coach or work in a franchise front office. I’m not a big fan of Peyton and he has had a good career as well.

  29. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 6, 2016 4:56 PM

    I meant Eli has had a good career also. I’m more an Eli Manning fan.

  30. sackdance says: Mar 6, 2016 5:00 PM

    The truth is it’s completely possibly his wife was ordering the hgh. Opiate-addicted Pats fan don’t realize that growth hormones are widely used in the skincare industry to revitalize skin, and help avoid wrinkles or saggy skin. Very possibly his wife, a lady pushing 40 herself, would be interested in some of the most recent advancements in skin care. Just speculation tho. Peyton is goat.

  31. babbsela says: Mar 6, 2016 6:30 PM

    Dear Luddites drgfri and lscratchingthesurface,

    Maybe he sent text messages because it was late at night, and didn’t want to wake anyone up? We don’t know what the text contained. It may have said that he wanted to give a heads-up, and would talk to them later. We don’t know. Plus, that’s 58 phone calls (53 player roster plus 5 practice squad), just to players alone. A call like this would have taken on average 5 minutes, minimum, which adds up to nearly 5 hours on the phone. Late at night. Get real. It was a thoughtful and considerate thing to do.

  32. upperdecker19 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:19 PM

    Hopefully he was careful with any photo attachments to these texts…..

    Regards,
    Brett Favre

  33. xbam says: Mar 6, 2016 8:28 PM

    im going to celebrate Peyton Manning Day tomorrow at work by mooning my co-workers but just the ones that have dirty mouths…political correctness ya know…

  34. jpalughi823 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:57 PM

    Never was hardcore into football. Going into my junior yr in HS our school got a football team & they tried recruiting other athletes to play (I was a baseball guy). Being that I was built like a pencil, WR was the only thing I could realistically do. That year Marvin Harrison caught over 140 passes. Became a colts fan from then ones I tried learning the game. The greatest, smartest QBi ever witnessed. 2011 proved that since the colts went in the toilet & Broncos were just a .500 team. Goes to Denver with no significant talent acquisitions & they go 13-3. Displays the absolute greatness if you ask me.

  35. stevo66030 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:09 PM

    As impersonal as it may have seemed, when notifying multiple people of something of this magnitude, it’s a good choice to text them all at once.

    And it wasn’t just his current teammates who received texts. Marshall Faulk (and likely others) also got a text late last night/early this morning.

    The people who want to be obtuse about how he went about this are quite simply those ones who would gripe if you hung ’em with a new rope.

    He’s a classy man and made the right decision.

    Good luck, Sheriff!

  36. 1historian says: Mar 7, 2016 6:59 AM

    The last train leaves Omaha today

    Thanks, #18.

  37. dbfan4ever says: Mar 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    People are ragging on him because he sent his teammates a text message?! Get real most players wouldn’t even give his teammates a heads up.

  38. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 8, 2016 8:47 AM

    Yeah, asterisk lovers rejoice, now Peyton has one too. Joining the likes of: every pro athlete ever! Oh wait it was vegetables, and studying a lot. My bad.

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