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Peyton Manning cursing at Donald Brown is one of our favorite NFL highlights of the last 20 years 03.16.16 at 4:06 pm ET
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The Patriots acquired free agent running back Donald Brown Wednesday afternoon, and while Brown has managed to carve out a decent career since arriving in the NFL out of UConn, our favorite Brown memory involves him getting cursed out by former teammate Peyton Manning in the middle of a play when the two were together a few years ago in Indy.

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Ty Law on Peyton Manning: ‘He went out the right way’ 03.08.16 at 1:18 pm ET
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Ty Law was always on point when he faced Peyton Manning.  (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Red Bull)

Ty Law was always on point when he faced Peyton Manning. (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Red Bull)

Few cornerbacks achieved a consistent level of success against Peyton Manning like Ty Law.

The former Patriot got the better of Manning on several occasions — his nine career picks of the veteran quarterback were the most for any defender against Manning. With the news of Manning’s retirement, Law expressed respect and admiration for the way the former Colt and Bronco conducted himself over the course of his career.

“It’s a wonderful position to be in, I think he went out the right way, with a Super Bowl championship, like Ray Lewis,” Law told Joe McDonald of ESPN. “What better way to walk away from the game than winning the Super Bowl? Was he MVP? No. But dammit, he was the quarterback who led the team to a championship, and he got to beat the nemesis, Tom Brady, in the game to get to the Super Bowl. Storybook career. Congratulations to him.

“I’m always going to look at him with admiration and respect. He helped push my game. When I played against him, if you played well, you got some kudos. I’m playing against the great Peyton Manning, and another Hall of Fame receiver in Marvin Harrison, who got his just due this year. I had to play hard. To go at it with those guys in significant games, it meant everything to me. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Law said there are a lot of similarities between Manning and Tom Brady.

“I think people really didn’t understand how cool of a guy that Peyton was,” Law told McDonald. “Just what you see on those commercials; for me, playing against him, I loved seeing that side of Peyton. Being down there, playing against him, and in Pro Bowls with him, sitting down in the bar and having a beer, he’s a real down-to-earth guy. Similar to Tom Brady.

“They could have acted like they were bigger than the game; if anybody had the right to act like the typical stereotype for, ‘I’m the quarterback and everybody else (is below me)’, they could have done it, but they didn’t. So that is what impresses me about Peyton more than anything, his humility.”

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Julian Edelman, Vince Wilfork, Tedy Bruschi latest to praise Peyton Manning following retirement 03.07.16 at 6:57 pm ET
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Two of the toughest defensive players Peyton Manning ever faced — Vince Wilfork and Tedy Bruschi — were the latest to praise the now retired quarterback.

Appearing on ESPN Monday, Bruschi relayed a story of when he himself retired, Manning sent a card to Bruschi’s home in the name Peyton Williams Manning. It stood to Bruschi as he doesn’t know Manning well, but he still managed to get his home address and send him a card.

Manning named Bruschi in his speech Monday.

“It was an honor really, to hear that from the one opponent that I respect more than all others,” Bruschi said. “And I can honestly say this about Peyton Manning, the biggest compliment I can give him, guys, is he made me a better player.”

Besides Wilfork, Julian Edelman also took to social media to praise Manning.

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Peyton Manning on retirement: ‘I’ll even miss the Patriots fans in Foxboro’ at 2:15 pm ET
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Peyton Manning mentioned the Patriots a few times in his 12-minute retirement speech. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Peyton Manning mentioned the Patriots a few times in his 12-minute retirement speech. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Peyton Manning officially announced his retirement after 18 years in the league on Monday.

Within the roughly 12-minute speech, the Patriots came up on a few occasions with Manning noting he will miss his trips to Foxboro and facing the Patriots.

“I’ll even miss the Patriots fans in Foxboro,” Manning said to reporters gathered in Denver. “And they should miss me, because they sure did get a lot of wins off of me.”

Over the course of his career, Manning was 6-13 against the Patriots in the regular season, but 3-2 in the postseason.

Tom Brady had a lot of positive things to say about Manning in an interview with MMQB’s Peter King and during Manning’s speech, he also said he will miss playing against Brady.

“I’ll miss that handshake with Tom Brady,” he said.

Manning also mentioned Rodney Harrison, Bill Belichick, Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau.

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Report: Peyton Manning HGH investigation will continue despite retirement at 11:13 am ET
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It appears the NFL’s investigation into Peyton Manning’s alleged HGH shipment to his house will continue.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL’s review of Manning supposedly obtaining and using HGH in 2011 will continue despite the quarterback’s pending retirement.

The report does bring up a valid point that since Manning is out of the league he could in theory decline to cooperate any further with the investigation.

Since the allegations first came out, Manning has welcomed any investigation and called the claims “garbage.”

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ESPN reportedly open to hiring Peyton Manning at 10:25 am ET
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With Peyton Manning set to officially retire on Monday, the speculation will begin as to what the quarterback will do next.

If Manning wants to do television, it appears ESPN is interested.

“If he decides to pursue a career as a commentator, we would certainly be open to exploring that possibility with him,” said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz via The Sporting News.

The Sporting News speculated Manning could join the Monday Night Football crew either with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden, or maybe just Tirico and Gruden.

“That’s way way ahead of things,” Krulewitz said. “First he would have to decide if he wants to be a commentator. Then any conversation would ensue.”

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Tom Brady admits it ‘sucks’ not being able to face Peyton Manning again at 10:05 am ET
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Tom Brady said it will "suck" not facing Peyton Manning again. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

Tom Brady said it will tough not facing Peyton Manning again. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

Tom Brady praised Peyton Manning on Facebook Sunday afternoon after it came out Manning will call it a career. That wasn’t the only praise he gave the former Broncos quarterback, as Brady spoke extensively with MMQB’s Peter King on Sunday.

Brady may have admired Manning more than people though, as the Patriots quarterback noted he has file folders of Manning’s plays and saying he’s watched all of his games.

“Every game he has played, I have watched,” Brady said. “I have file folders of his plays, of how he plays. It’d take years for me to watch it all again. But what he’s done in Denver has been incredible. Think of what he did—changing teams, changing organizations, at his age, and then in four years going to two Super Bowls with that team.

“What just happened, winning the Super Bowl in his last game, is a perfect way to end a career. But what he’s accomplished through all these years, what makes it so admirable, is the pressure he’s had on him his whole life. He was the highest-rated recruit in high school. He was the biggest quarterback in college football. He was the first pick in the draft. Who has lived up to the expectations year after year after year as well as Peyton? He’s done it so gracefully, so admirably. He set the standard for how to play the quarterback position.”

As for Brady never facing Manning again in a game, the Patriots quarterback admitted that will be tough.

“That part sucks,” Brady said. “That part really sucks. That part will always suck.”

Brady did say now that Manning will be away from the game, he will finally have the pressure off him from the first time in a long time.

“It’s what I said to my wife after I found out,” Brady said. “The way he played football, and the way he was consumed by football, all the mental energy he had to use, and I mean every day of the year you’re thinking about it—imagine what he must feel like with all that pressure off. Twelve months a year, the time commitment, the mental commitment, I can tell you it never leaves you. You are constantly trying to be better, constantly striving to learn more. Think about how long he’s been a great quarterback. For Peyton, the pressure’s probably off for the first time in his life. Imagine how that feels.”

The level of commitment Manning displayed to play at the level he did for so long is unmatched.

“I realized the level of commitment you must have to be great, watching him do it,” Brady said. “I know the time I put in, so I knew the time he had to have put in. It’s not 9 to 5. It’s a lifelong commitment. Football is a sport, it’s an art, it’s a religion. It’s all-encompassing. He mastered it.”

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