PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The arguable greatest player in NFL history has called it quits.
On Monday, in his remarkable and emotional retirement speech, Peyton Manning specifically recalled some of the “small things” he will miss. Specifically, Manning mentioned some of his opponents, including former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins and his late-great defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
“[I’m going to miss] My battles with players named Lynch, Lewis, Thomas, Bruschi, Fletcher, Dawkins, Seau, Urlacher, Polamalu, Harrison, Woodson, and Reed. And with coaches like Fisher, Ryan, Belichick, Kiffin, Phillips, Rivera, LeBeau, Crennel, Capers, Lewis, the late Jim Johnson and so many more.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Manning’s retirement.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to watch Peyton play and compete,” Lurie said. “He made every one of us that is a part of the NFL proud to be connected to the sport. His accomplishments and legacy have left our league a better place than the one he found 18 years ago.”
Manning talked about his love for the game.
“I revere football, I love the game. So you don’t have to wonder if I’ll miss it,” Manning said. “Absolutely, absolutely I will.”
“There was no one who could out-prepare me and because of that, I leave with no regrets,” Manning said. “After 18 years, it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.”