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'God bless football': Peyton Manning gave a tearful farewell speech after 18 years

’18 is a good number.’

PEYTON MANNING HELD his retirement press conference this afternoon and things got pretty damn schmaltzy.

Though Broncos president Joe Ellis, general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak spoke beforehand, when Manning got up to speak, he couldn’t hold in his emotions.

At several points, Manning got choked up. One such incident came as he told a motivational story about famous quarterback Johnny Unitas telling him to stick with the game.


As Peyton concluded the speech, he choked back tears again while reaching for a memorised bible verse:


Source: /Streamable

No one can fault Manning for having trouble saying goodbye to a lifestyle that’s consumed him for 18 years.



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