Stewart Salutes Manning's Retirement
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 7, 2016 | 3:30 P.M. EST
“He’s somebody I really admire and look up to and have the utmost respect for. I’m glad he’s done all this on his terms." (Photo: Getty Images)
Tony Stewart offered his congratulations for future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning as he announced his retirement.
Manning officially announced on Monday he was hanging up his helmet after a stellar NFL career. Manning has retired as the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,940) and helped guide the Denver Broncos to a victory over the Carolina Panthers in last February’s Super Bowl 50.
"I think probably everyone knew this was coming but I think that’s what made this year’s Super Bowl so special,” Stewart said, “back in his final year in the sport and go out and win the Super Bowl."
“He’s somebody I really admire and look up to and have the utmost respect for. I’m glad he’s done all this on his terms."
Stewart announced this season would be his final as a Sprint Cup Series driver. He’s yet to be able to drive after suffering a back injury in an ATV incident back in January.
The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion said he admires Manning for the way he handled his final season and impending retirement.
“I think the thing that impresses me the most about him is he probably knew he was going to retire at the end of the season, but to not draw attention to it and to acknowledge they did it all as a group and a team and not make the highlights about him retiring. He waited until this moment to do it,” he said. “I think that shows how much class he has.”