Tom Brady (L) congratulates Peyton Manning after the AFC Championship game at Sport Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 24, 2016. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI | License Photo
Tributes poured in from around the country on Sunday following the news that legendary quarterback Peyton Manning will retire after 18 NFL seasons.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: "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. 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."
Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway wrote on Twitter: "Peyton was everything we thought he was and even more -- for our team & community. What an AMAZING career & we're thankful he was a Bronco!!"
Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement: "Few have left their marks on a sport as Peyton Manning has. Simply put, he revolutionized NFL football. Peyton energized it as had no one before him, he made it more fun for our fans, and made the game better. Off the field, Peyton has been a tremendous ambassador for the game and the epitome of someone who gives back to the community. He is the most recognizable face in the history of the NFL, and perhaps its most popular. I will miss seeing No. 18 on the field on Sundays and I am proud and thankful for all he's done for the Colts, our community, and the NFL. On behalf of Colts and NFL fans worldwide, I thank Peyton and congratulate him on an incredible career."
Here's a look around the Twitter-verse at what others are saying about one of the game's all-time greats:
Tom Brady: " Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It's been an honor."
J.J. Watt: "It was an honor and a privilege Peyton. #FarewellSheriff."
Julius Thomas: " Too much respect for you my guy!"
Denver Broncos: "Thank you, Peyton, and congratulations on your magnificent 18-year NFL career!"
New York Giants: "Congrats on a SUPER career Peyton Manning!"
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: "#ThankYouPeyton. Congratulations on an incredible career!"
Pat McAfee: "I'm happy the big fella is riding off in2 the Sunset...Another Super Bowl ring, some free Bud Light, Papa Johns is booming..Congrats Peyton."
Donte Stallworth: "Now Peyton shall ride off into the sunset.... what a great career. That man in his prime was something serious!"
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "1st All Time Passing Yards & Touchdowns. A @Nationwide Financial retirement planner can assist you today Peyton. Omaha!!"
Lindsey Vonn: "Congrats on an amazing career #PeytonManning! We will miss you! #legend."
Allen Iverson: " Congrats to the best EVER! Peyton Manning! Thanks for GIVING US U!!!"
Ed McCaffrey: "Congrats Peyton, you played the QB position & game to perfection. Showed generations, including my boys, how to be a pro. Enjoy retirement!"