Social Media Reaction to Peyton Manning Retiring

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    Photo Credit: Denver Broncos

    Photo Credit: Denver Broncos

    When you’ve played football as long as Peyton Manning has and as well as he has, you tend to make some popular friends both in and outside of the NFL. And when you announce you’re hanging it up for good, those friends (or even rivals) will come out and give you a pat on the back.

    Manning is announcing his retirement from the NFL on Monday after 18 seasons in the league. He spent 14 of those with the Indianapolis Colts and his last 4 with the Denver Broncos. Manning was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1998 draft by the Colts and is now the owner of several NFL records.

    In Manning’s 18-year career, he won a record 5 MVP awards and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLI. He owns the record for most passing touchdowns in a season (55), most yards in a season (5,477), most yards in a career (71,940), most passing touchdowns in a career (539), and most wins by a quarterback in the regular seasons and postseason combined (200).

    Oh yeah, and he retires having just won Super Bowl 50, too.

    There are many players, teammates, former teammates, and celebrities offering Manning their congratulations. Here are just a few:

    Manning’s long-standing “rival” Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots:

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    John Elway, another former Bronco quarterback who is also the current Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager of the team:

    Bernie Fowler, a teammate of the Broncos who will go down as having caught the last pass Manning ever threw in the NFL:

    T.J. Ward, a defensive back with the Broncos and teammate of Manning:

    The Indianapolis Colts, Manning’s first NFL team:

    The Denver Broncos, Manning’s most recent NFL team:

    Julius Thomas, a former teammate of Manning’s in Denver who is now a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

    J.J. Watt, three-time Defensive Player of the Year and current defensive end for the Houston Texans:

    Donté Stallworth, former NFL wide receiver and also a former Vol like Manning:

    Adam Jones, outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles in the MLB:

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR driver and likely future NASCAR Hall of Famer:

    Allen Iverson, former NBA point guard and likely future NBA Hall of Famer:

    A cool graphic sent out by NFL.com on Twitter showing every player who’s caught a TD pass from Manning in his 18-year career:

    And technically not a salute to Peyton, but it’s a video of Manning dabbing. So that seems like it should be on here:

    Be sure to check back later as we will keep you updated as the well wishes will continue to roll in.