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Peyton Manning exits with an impassioned speech reflective of his NFL career

Peyton Manning exits with an impassioned speech reflective of his NFL career

DENVER — Peyton Manning, who is nothing if not prepared, didn't want to practice his retirement speech too much. He didn't want it to come across as memorized or over-rehearsed.

But every time he went through a dry run, he couldn't get through the parts about meeting Johnny Unitas, among his football idols, or about his maternal grandfather being proud of him without a fist-sized knot forming in his throat.

Manning, the NFL's only five-time most valuable player and one of its all-time greatest quarterbacks, publicly announced his retirement Monday in a news conference at Denver Broncos headquarters. And, just as it did in those occasional practice sessions, his voice cracked...

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