When athletes go out on top, the rest of the sports world tends to take notice and pay tribute. Peyton Manning called it quits on Monday after winning his second Super Bowl and the NASCAR community offered their respect for the NFL legend.
Manning’s second Super Bowl was with the Denver Broncos after claiming one earlier in his career with the Indianapolis Colts. One of the only drivers to ever win a championship with two separate teams is Tony Stewart — who also plans to retire after this season.
“I think probably everyone knew this was coming but I think that’s what made this year’s Super Bowl so special,” Stewart said on MRN, “back in his final year in the sport and go out and win the Super Bowl.”
“He’s somebody I really admire and look up to and have the utmost respect for. I’m glad he’s done all this on his terms.”
Another driver who recently retired after an illustrious NASCAR career was Jeff Gordon. He didn’t win the title in his final ride, but Gordon’s Martinsville victory was just as memorable given his history at the track.
Huge congrats on an amazing 18 year career Peyton Manning! What a way to go out. On top!
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) March 7, 2016
Over the course of his career, Manning made an impact on and off the field — known just as much for his commercials as his football statistics. One of those advertisers, Nationwide, is shared by Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Hendrick Motorsports driver gave his take on Manning’s historic career.
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Others like Kyle Busch shared a number with Manning while Regan Smith is an unabashed fan of the Broncos. Danica Patrick, on the other hand, chose to point out an asset of Manning that seems a little bit off — but still respectful.
Thank u Peyton Manning for all the memories! I’ll keep the 18 going strong on my end. #GodBlessFootball ?
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) March 7, 2016
Peyton Manning = class. Looking forward to seeing him inducted into Canton #ThankYouPeyton
— Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) March 7, 2016
What an amazing career you have had Peyton!!!!!!! Congratulations! I will miss watching your laser arm!
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) March 7, 2016