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Bill Belichick respects Peyton Manning, but “never ‘enjoyed’ our meetings”

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Bill Belichick was among the first to know — at a certain level — about the number of rodeos Peyton Manning had left.

And the Patriots coach admitted the respect he had for the retiring Broncos quarterback, though it comes with a measure of relief as well.

Via Field Yates of ESPN, Belichick was among the many to send his regards to Manning upon today’s retirement.

“It is with great admiration that I congratulate Peyton Manning for his tremendous career in the National Football League,” Belichick said. “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.”

The foreshadowing for today’s press conference began in earnest when microphones picked up Manning telling Belichick “This might be my last rodeo” after the AFC Championship Game.

And while Peyton got to ride off into the sunset, Belichick won 12 of the 20 games against Manning with the Colts and Broncos, making him one of the few who were able to put a saddle on Manning.

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27 Responses to “Bill Belichick respects Peyton Manning, but “never ‘enjoyed’ our meetings””
  1. rootpain says: Mar 7, 2016 7:20 AM

    Coming from Belichick, the respect has meaning. Irsay, Elway, Goodell……not so much. But Belichick’s wins the day. Congrats on a great career Peyton.

  2. beachsidejames says: Mar 7, 2016 7:35 AM

    Anything Manning is hard for Bill to enjoy.

  3. weepingjebus says: Mar 7, 2016 7:46 AM

    Interesting how Peyton announced his plans to Belichick before anyone else. That’s respect.

  4. typerico says: Mar 7, 2016 8:13 AM

    Pats deflated the balls 12 of those games they won.

  5. DaveKShape says: Mar 7, 2016 8:19 AM

    Oh yes, the NFL microphones, that picked up what should have been a private conversation. Then, the NFL leaked what was said, like it was some sort of big scoop. Such class, y’all.

  6. cubb1 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:25 AM

    One of the classiest statements from Mr. Belichick, ever.

  7. patk617 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:34 AM

    As a pats fan,I’ve watched him play a good part of my life and I was always having anxiety attacks when we played Peyton’s teams, him and Brady always had some of the best games, hate to see him go but he went out on top, respect to him and his career, going to be a sad day when Brady’s time comes to end as well

  8. rideforjesus says: Mar 7, 2016 8:42 AM

    Great Coach Giving a great player his rightful Dues…..Class men Both of them.

  9. musicfootballprogramming says: Mar 7, 2016 8:51 AM

    “Put a saddle on Manning” is not the visual I needed to start the day.

  10. jag1959 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:51 AM

    As fans we think of those games as Manning/Brady but the real chess match was Belichick/Manning. In that regard Brady always had an advantage in their rivalry. More often than not Manning had better targets but Brady always had the better coach

  11. nhpats says: Mar 7, 2016 8:52 AM

    Two greats who battled each other until the end.

  12. tvguy22 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:58 AM

    So what; he doesn’t enjoy anything.

  13. chriskap11 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:08 AM

    It is times like this that I can truly say as a Bills fan I can respect BB. He is much like Peyton in term of preparation for games and a student of the game who never stops learning.

    He will join Peyton in the HOF. My only hope is BB becomes a little more classy so people like myself could embrace him more often.

  14. Big Ant TV says: Mar 7, 2016 9:08 AM

    i respect BB even more for this
    as a browns fan

  15. j0esixpack says: Mar 7, 2016 9:39 AM

    There’s no question that Manning is the Greatest of All Time

    (as long as you don’t count playoff appearances or playoff wins or Super Bowl appearances or Super Bowl wins or Super Bowl MVPs)

  16. gtrav says: Mar 7, 2016 9:55 AM

    The end of an era. Very bittersweet.

  17. florioisaliar4hire says: Mar 7, 2016 10:01 AM

    Who cares what Belicheat says? He’s always been disingenuous and when he retires nobody will speak highly of him, he’s not respected by his peers.

  18. fireroger says: Mar 7, 2016 10:10 AM

    The hate comments on the heels of everything Belichick says just makes me shake my head and laugh. If his peers really don’t respect him it’s probably because they all know they could be replaced by him in a hot moment and twice on Tuesday.

  19. rogerdw66 says: Mar 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    Well, we proved last year that we can beat them with or without the Sheriff, so, no diff.

  20. GoodellMustGo says: Mar 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    What high praise for Peyton Manning from the greatest coach that ever graced a football field with his presence.
    🙂

  21. fritz96 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    If Manning had Belichick or Walsh as his coach for his entire career, his playoff record would be substantially better.

    “There’s no question that Manning is the Greatest of All Time

    (as long as you don’t count playoff appearances or playoff wins or Super Bowl appearances or Super Bowl wins or Super Bowl MVPs)”

  22. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    “And while Peyton got to ride off into the sunset, Belichick won 12 of the 20 games against Manning with the Colts and Broncos, making him one of the few who were able to put a saddle on Manning.”

    In the playoffs (the more important games), Manning was 3-2 against Belichick. I’m not sure how that’s “putting a saddle” on Manning, but ok.

  23. terry1824 says: Mar 7, 2016 12:39 PM

    Unlike many on here and everywhere else. I’m a fan of Mannings. Never liked Brady. But seeing all the respect manning is getting right now on NFL channel and everywhere else. Not sure Brady will get it at this level. He’ll get his fair share I’m sure. But because of stupid accusations not sure he’ll get the send off manning is getting right now and that’s not fair. Why can’t be just cheer on both. Why when one article is written on one of them, we write something about the other guy to raise him up. Just respect the two. It’s a sad day in sports today. Brady vs manning will never be repeated. Don’t care who the goat was. It was great watching both at the same time. How lucky were we!

  24. twomadmapper says: Mar 7, 2016 1:00 PM

    Congratulations Peyton on a remarkable career, indeed your name will always be know, for all the records you set, for your sportsmanship, for your game knowledge, and for how you elevated the game overall.

    Thank you for creating some of the most memorable football moments ever!

    Now having said that, I’m going to miss “Manning Face” walking off the field defeated by the Pats…

    That was my favorite part of those meetings….

    Forever gone now, except in NFL Channel rehashing…. Over and over and over and over again…

  25. Bubbalicious says: Mar 7, 2016 5:42 PM

    Put a saddle on him! Are you kidding me! Manning won the last three playoff meetings! Belichick hasn’t beaten Manning in the playoffs since 2004!

  26. dejc421 says: Mar 7, 2016 5:54 PM

    florioisaliar4hire says:
    Mar 7, 2016 10:01 AM

    Who cares what Belicheat says? He’s always been disingenuous and when he retires nobody will speak highly of him, he’s not respected by his peers.
    —————
    wrong and stupid.

    The respect that Belichick showed Manning was apparent when the Pat’s went for it on 4th and 1 from there own 30 yard line (and didn’t make it) in the 2007 championship game with a few minutes left rather than give the ball to Manning. Belichick got a lot of heat for the call … I would have done the same thing, Manning was at his best.

  27. thetruthstings says: Mar 8, 2016 2:40 AM

    Thanks a lot fans and Media for Forcing Peyton out A Holes. He still had Gas in his Tank and wanted 3 More years out of him…..

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