Russell Wilson Honors Peyton Manning With Heartfelt ‘Thank You’

By The Stream Published on February 8, 2016

Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, commemorated Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl victory Monday with a sincere thank you note.

In the letter published by The Players’ Tribune titled “If This Is It” Wilson wrote:

From all the wins, to the few tough losses. From the 71,000 yards, to all the touchdowns, to the few interceptions.

From all the meetings, to all the hard practices, to all the film, to all the blood, sweat and tears.

From all the Pro Bowls, to the handful of MVPs, to the two Lombardi trophies. From all the teammates, to all the opponents, to all the fans.

From the blue and white, to the blue and orange …

Sheriff,

If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.

10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.

You inspired the kid in the green shirt.

You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.

You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears.

But most of all …

You inspired me to love the game.

Thanks, Peyton.

If this is it,

Thanks.

The letter comes after Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, in which Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers. After 18 years with the NFL, the 39-year-old Manning is widely expected to take this final championship win and retire.

Russell Wilson is also a champion. And it’s not only because he has his own Super Bowl ring.

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