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Fans react to Manning’s retirement, Mayor Hogsett declares this week ‘Peyton Manning Appreciation Week’

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Peyton Manning announces his retirement in emotional speech

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 7, 2016) – In honor of Peyton Manning’s retirement, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has declared this week “Peyton Manning Appreciation Week.”

The mayor’s office released this statement Monday:

“As part of the celebration, Mayor Hogsett is asking the citizens of Indianapolis to show their thanks for Manning’s many contributions to the community, including the creation of the PeyBack Foundation and the opening of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, by using #IndyLovesPeyton on social media.”

Hundreds of thousands of fans and celebrities, including former and current Colts, congratulated Manning on social media and thanked him for what he’s done for the game.

Owner and CEO Jim Irsay:

“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 #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.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy:

“First of all I’m really excited for Peyton. Just thrilled that he’s going to go out on top, with his second Super Bowl win. He’s had a phenomenal career. I was blessed to be part of it for seven years. When your best player is your hardest working player. A player that is so concerned about doing the right thing, not only for the team but in the community. It just makes it so much easier for the coach. I was blessed to have that for my seven years with him. He’s one of the greatest players I’ve ever been around, one of the greatest players our game has known. I’m just very, very happy for him. I’m thrilled to have been his coach for seven years.”

Colts Punter Pat McAfee:

“Peyton Manning was the consummate professional. It’s a cliché but it’s true, he was the first one in the building and the last one out. He was a friend to everyone he encountered. A superstar with the humility of a blue-collared mill worker. It was a true honor to be his teammate for three years. Watching him work, both on the field and in the community, inspired me to become the absolute best human I could be. Thanks for everything big fella and congrats on 18 incredible years. Good luck with whatever profession you decide to dominate next.”

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri:

“I’m honored to have had the opportunity to play with one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Peyton epitomizes professionalism and he prepared week in and week out at the highest level. He is one of the greatest leaders I’ve had the chance to share a locker room with. I congratulate him on a tremendous career and wish him the best.”

Former Colts center Jeff Saturday:

“It’s been an honor to have spent my career with one of the greatest, if not the greatest to have played the game. I cherish the amazing years we had together with the Colts, which included a Super Bowl XLI Championship. Peyton is not only my teammate, but a great friend. The impact he had on the NFL is unparalleled. He displayed the perfect example of the way the game is supposed to be played and he’s the definition of a professional. I congratulate him on a phenomenal career.”

Former Colts tackle Tarik Glenn:

“Peyton is a good friend and teammate. It was an honor to see him grow into one of the greatest of all time. He was not only a rare talent, he also was a hard worker. What has made his legacy great is not just his accolades and his rings, it is that throughout the years, he has earned the respect of his family, teammates, opponents, coaches and fans.”

Former Colts running back Edgerrin James:

“Playing with Peyton was an incredible experience. You play the game, but you’ve never seen someone that gave their all to the game until you met Peyton Manning. Once you’re around him you see how serious the game is and what it means to a person. That’s the one thing that separated him from most players. Some play football and it’s just a game, but to Peyton it was life. From my first year in Indy to now you see how he’s evolved into the greatest player ever. It’s that work ethic and non-stop commitment to his craft that has him where he is.”

Former Colts defensive and and current Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Dwight Freeny:

“I want to congratulate Peyton on an amazing career. Being around him for 10 years made me a better player and professional. His off the field preparation for a game is second to none which I am thankful I could learn from and be a part of. I wish him the best of luck in wherever life takes him next!!”

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