CANTON, Ohio – Canton is Peyton’s place.
Peyton Manning, the record-setting quarterback who won Super Bowls for Indianapolis and Denver, and five, yes, five MVP awards, has been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
– NFL (@NFL) August 9, 2021
The seven-time All-Pro considered among the smartest and most resourceful players in league history was an absolute pick for the aisle in his first year of eligibility. In his 18 NFL seasons, Manning was a measuring stick at position and the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises.
The son of college football great Archie Manning and brother of former Giants quarterback (and two-time Super Bowl winner) Eli Manning, Peyton was the first overall pick in the draft in 1998 and, the following year, he was establishing itself as an NFL force. He led the league in touchdown passes four times, including a phenomenal 55 in 2013 for the Broncos.
“I don’t know about you, but I’ll never finish this game.” said Manning, who earlier stood on the podium and nodded and smiled as he continued his standing ovation. He then joked about how short this year’s limited speeches are, mentioning that Ray Lewis just wrapped up his speech “which started in 2018.”
Delighted to enter the aisle on the same weekend as “one of my favorite teammates, Edgerrin James,” Manning also urged everyone involved in the NFL to “ignite the future of the sport. If not, we are not doing justice to it. football is about nurturing football to live another day, another year … The future of this game is ours to shape it ”.