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Peyton Manning speaks out on Eli Manning retiring from the Giants

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Peyton Manning is proud of everything his brother Eli Manning accomplished with the New York Giants. Reflecting on everything his brother did during his career, Manning said Eli was one of his favorite players to ever watch, behind his father Archie Manning and Dan Marino.

“I’m happy for Eli, because I know he’s at peace and he put a lot of time and thought into this decision,” Manning said via the Denver Broncos Website. “But I am sad, because I won’t get to see him play anymore. And after my dad and Dan Marino, Eli really was my favorite player. So I have to find a new one. But for really 19 years going back to his three years at Ole Miss, 16 years in the NFL, I have enjoyed watching him play, watching him compete, watching him grow into a man. It’s been a heck of a run.”

Since hanging up his own cleats, Peyton has attended more of his brother’s game. He said he averaged about three games a year, and was able to talk to him more during game weeks.

“I really have enjoyed watching him play in person a lot more,” Manning said. “I’ve been averaging about three games a season during the years that I was retired. I certainly got to keep up with his games more. And once again, I wasn’t talking to him every day during the week, but could ask him about the game plan and what the Dolphins are doing on defense.”

The NFL is going to look a lot different next season with no Manning’s playing. There has been at least one Manning in the league every season since 1997.

Peyton has one son, so maybe in a few years he will become a superstar quarterback and follow in his dads, uncles, and grandpa’s footsteps.