Aug 8, 2021

Peyton Manning Hall of Fame Speech Transcript 2021

Peyton Manning Hall of Fame Speech 2021
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NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame class of 2021 on August 8, 2021. Read the full transcript and watch the video of his full induction speech here.

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Peyton Manning: (01:12)
Thank you very much. Thank you all very much. When I was playing for the Colts and there were just a few seconds on the play clock and we needed the ball snapped quickly, I would yell, “Hurry, hurry,” to my center, Jeff Saturday, and he would immediately snap me the ball. [crosstalk 00:01:31]. I got to tell you, there you go. Tonight’s speech is an all time hurry, hurry. The 2021 Induction Class wants to thank those previous inductees who gave long-winded acceptance speeches, forcing us to have a whopping six minutes to recap our football careers. I want to give a special thanks to my old rival, Ray Lewis, for being here tonight. Ray just finished giving his speech that he started in 2018.

Peyton Manning: (02:07)
Next year, acceptance speeches will probably shrink to four minutes. And speaking of rivals, my good friend, Tom Brady, is here tonight. By the time he is inducted… By the time Tom Brady’s inducted in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035, he’ll only have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account. The legendary John Madden says that the hall of fame busts whisper to each other at night. And it’s actually true. My son, Marshall, and I have heard it. But I also think that they’d run plays at night. They scrimmage. They [inaudible 00:02:58] a little seven on seven. The other night, I had a dream that I was in one of those scrimmages. The other team’s coaches were Vince Lombardi and Paul Brown. My coaches, Bill Cower and Jimmy Johnson. That’s right. A Cowboy and a Steeler working together, only in Canton, Ohio. We’re on the 50 yard line with only three seconds left in the game. Coach Cower called a running play. I said, “Coach, I’m going to have to audible. Omaha.”

Peyton Manning: (03:24)
I called a pass play. My bust faked the handoff to Barry Sanders. I threw a 20 yard break in route to Michael Irvin, right as Deacon Jones and Ray Nitschke hit me at the same time. Irvin, as he was getting tackled by Ronnie Lott, then lateraled it to Steve Largent, who was in a foot race down the sideline with Darrell Green and Whim Barney. The savvy Largent, knowing he couldn’t win a foot race with Darrell Green, then lateraled back to Lance Alworth who dove into the end zone for the game winning store. Now, yesterday, it was just a dream, but tonight, it’s reality.

Peyton Manning: (03:57)
Anyway, I just think it’s pretty cool to say you’re on the same team as Johnny Unitas and Slinging Sammy Ball. I’m honored to be a member of this elite class and a teammate of Drew’s, Coach Flores, John, Calvin, Allen, and Charles. To be inducted on the same weekend as one of my favorite teammates of all time, Edgerrin James, is a thrill. Being reunited with Edgerrin, my old teammates, the great Marvin Harrison, Marshall Faulk, our coach architect, Bill Polian, our coach leader, Tony Dungy is really something special. And I’m proud to be on the same team again with John Elway and the joint fellow Denver Bronco alums, Steve Atwater and John Lynch, in this weekend’s induction class.

Peyton Manning: (04:57)
And there’s room for more Colts and Broncos in here, I’m just saying. We have inherited the history of this sport, even helped create it, but our responsibility cannot stop there. If we simply relive history and don’t ignite the future of the sport, then we’re not doing football justice. Each of us has deep roots in this game. Football even helped us carve out a place to belong. In my youth in New Orleans and at Newman School, football carved out a place for my favorite quarterback, my hero, my role model, my dad, Archie Manning, to pass on something he loved to me. Dad, there’s no one I would rather have or be more appropriate than you to welcome me to the stage.

Peyton Manning: (05:45)
My dad [inaudible 00:05:46] me to play balls with my brothers, Cooper and Eli, the two best brothers a guy could ask for. And he gave my mom plenty of reasons to both beef me up and patch me up. And talk about lucking out with the most loving mother who can also write down a cover two defense as well as any NFL quarterback. In college, at my beloved alma mater, The University of Tennessee, football gave me a platform to help me grow as a man and refine my skills. Entering the NFL, the game gave me a profession where I could measure myself against the very best and live comradery at its deepest level. I always thrived on being coached, and I learned from some of the very best coaches in the business, many of whom are here tonight. Sadly, we have lost two special coaches to me this year, the great Howard Mudd, and my good friend, Greg Knapp. May they both rest in peace.

Peyton Manning: (06:47)
After my playing career, I hung the whistle around my neck and I’ve coached my son’s flag football team for the past two years. Now, I’m not sure I’m a very good coach, but hopefully that role will enable me to make a hands-on contribution to the future of our sport. Over the years, I’ve had the most unbelievable support from family, friends, fans, coaches, teammates, and support staffs. And I just can’t say thank you enough to all of you that have come here tonight to help me celebrate. To Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts organization, my gratitude is off the charts. You drafted me in 1998 and it was a joy and a privilege to represent the horseshoe. And to Pat Bowlen, the Bowlen family, and the Denver Broncos organization, you took a chance on me at a crucial moment in my career, and I will never forget it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Peyton Manning: (07:41)
When I officially retired from football five years ago, whether in person, on a call, or in a handwritten letter, I said all the thank yous that we unfortunately don’t have time to repeat tonight. But trust me, they are as heartfelt now as they were then. To my wife, Ashley, there are no right words to express how grateful I am for you. Thank you for your unstoppable love and support. And to our children, Marshall and Mosley, you came into the world at the exact time that I needed you most. The two of you have already given your mother and me a greater inheritance than we could ever leave you. If football has become my home, the people of the great states of Louisiana, Tennessee, Indiana, and Colorado have become my extended family. And as everyone knows, you can never really leave family behind.

Peyton Manning: (08:33)
I never expected to stand on this stage tonight. If it weren’t for those busts and the memories of forever loyal fans, tonight’s details with blur and cheers would fade. However, our hearts will cradle the memories forever. Throughout our lives as players, coaches, staffs, and fans, we’ve become essential to the sport’s landscape. I don’t know about you, but I’m not done with this game. I never will be. I’m committed to ensuring it’s future, and I hope you will join me in that commitment. As members of this honored class, we have a responsibility to make our game stronger from the corner playground to the most celebrated stadiums. During the past few years, the game of football has been challenged by an explosion of sports and entertainment options, safety concerns, erupting social justice issues, and a worldwide pandemic. Displaced fans have taken on an entirely new meaning, as our stadiums have been shut down and fans shut out. We certainly shouldn’t walk away now.

Peyton Manning: (09:32)
When we leave this stage tonight, it is no longer about us. It is about cultivating the game that has given so much to us. It’s about nurturing football to live and thrive another day, another year, decade, and another generation. It’s about guaranteeing that kids everywhere can learn, bond, grow, and have fun with every flag pulled and every tackle made, every pass thrown, every run, block, sack, and touchdown scored. The audience here tonight is made up of die hard fans who feel football deep in your bones. Now, we may have it not in the fire, but you, you have fanned the flames. Inevitably, those flames will be whipped by the winds of change, but they don’t need to smolder. The future of this game is ours to shape. We just need to take tomorrow on our shoulders as readily as we donned our pads before each game. Let this moment become a cherished memory. And then remember, a legacy is only worthwhile when there is a future to fuel. God bless you and God bless football.

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