Peyton Manning’s personality was on full display when he was accepted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
Manning’s speech was by far the most anticipated of the night, and the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback didn’t disappoint at all.
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Manning, the only five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl winner whose play was based on preparation, reportedly made last-minute changes to his speech while Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson was on stage performing. deliver his to Canton, Ohio, crowd.
Two of Manning’s biggest rivals in the AFC during his long career were legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. So Manning decided to kick off his speech by throwing playful punches against two of his biggest opponents.
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“The Induction Class of 2021 wants to thank the former inductees who gave long acceptance speeches,” said Manning, who was introduced by his father, Archie. “Forcing us to have six minutes to recap our footballing careers. I want to especially thank my former rival Ray Lewis for being here this evening. Ray has just finished his speech which he started in 2018. “
Manning also shouted Brady, the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, shortly after.
“Tom Brady… as he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Manning said before Brady received a handful of boos from the crowd.
Brady turned to everyone and seemed to scream, “What did I do wrong?
Manning ended the joke after the boos stopped raining down on Brady.
“In his first year of eligibility in 2035, he will only have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account,” Manning concluded.
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According to Manning’s calculations, if Brady is first eligible in 2035, that means he will retire in 2030, which means he should hypothetically play for nine years.
Manning concluded his speech by recycling a line he used during his retirement.
“Thank you and God bless football,” he said.