Bill Belichick Releases Statement on Peyton Manning Retirement

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Peyton Manning is expected to address the media later on today during his retirement press conference, but before we hear from The Sheriff himself, let’s see what New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has to say about Manning’s decision to retire.

Here’s his official statement, via ESPN’s Field Yates:

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

I guess Peyton wasn’t lying when he told Bill it was his last rodeo.

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