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Peyton Manning pays tribute to Lakers’ Kobe Bryant during NFL Honors

Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Peyton Manning was deeply moved. The entire world continues to grieve for the loss of Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash along with eight other people, including Bryant’s daughter Gianna, last Sunday. The tributes for the life of the Los Angeles Lakers legend are coming in left and right.

The latest to pay his tributes to The Mamba is NFL legend Peyton Manning. During the NFL Honors show, Manning gave an emotional speech about Kobe Bryant.

Listen to his speech below, via the official page of the NFL on Twitter:

Peyton Manning shared about how he first met Kobe in 1999.

He went on to give praises about how Bryant’s dedication and love to his craft, something Peyton Manning himself possessed.

Moreover, Peyton Manning said he admired Kobe for his contributions, especially in the world of sports, and how he always taught valuable life lessons through sports. The retired NFL quarterback also shared about how Bryant always remained a student of the game, constantly asking questions and always had the desire to learn.

As Peyton Manning mentioned in his speech, his and Bryant’s respective careers pretty much coincided with each other. Manning entered the NFL as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, while Bryant began his career with the Lakers as the 13th overall pick in the 1996 class.

Peyton Manning went on to play 18 seasons (12 with the Indianapolis Colts and 4 with the Denver Broncos) and had a storied career himself. He finished his career with two Super Bowls, including a Superbowl MVP. He also won five regular season MVPs (in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013) and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times in his career.

Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, won five NBA championships with two Finals MVPs with the Lakers. He also became league MVP in 2008 and became an 18-time All-Star through his legendary 20-year career.