Tennessee Vols legend Peyton Manning will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8.
Manning, who spent 17 years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, was elected to the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee.
That’s obviously not much of a surprise — Manning is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history. The New Orleans native won two Super Bowls, was a five-time NFL MVP and was named to 14 Pro-Bowls. Manning is also currently the all-time leader for passing yards in a single season (5,477) and passing touchdowns in a single season (55).
Manning was well-known throughout his career for his preparation and attention to detail. So it goes without saying that his Hall of Fame speech will be one to remember.
In true Manning fashion, the legendary quarterback has already been hard at work on his speech. In fact, he knows down to the second how long it will be…for now (I’m sure he’ll continue to make edits until the day of the ceremony).
From The Athletic:
“I hear there’s been a great point of emphasis (on the length of speeches) in years past; I don’t think it’s been stressed very well,” Manning said. “They’re saying there’s a blinking light at six minutes, maybe a little bell going off at seven minutes and then at eight minutes, they say someone’s going to come up and lead the applause to kind of end the speech.”
“The other inductees and I have kind of texted each other about everybody trying to honor that and be respectful of the person behind you and wanting everybody to have the fair amount of time,” Manning said. “I’m right there at seven minutes and 50 seconds as we speak … ”
I have a feeling this is going to be one of the greatest Hall of Fame speeches we’ve ever heard.
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