As a result, a nation is mourning. The coverage of Manning’s retirement was likely watching a public funeral on television.
I yelled at the TV a few times over the past 48 hours to remind people that he is actually still very much alive.
Meanwhile, athletes are posting tributes all over the place including social media, where Tom Brady expressed his gratitude on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning MVP Cam Newton chimed in with his own Instagram tribute, which was a bit suspicious:
I am grateful to have shared the field in your LAST game but most importantly I am grateful to have mimicked a style you created to bring out the best in MË! And that style is/was mastering the art of: PREPARAT1ØN. You have changed this game in ways you will never no and I admire the man you are on and off the field. You set the bar H1GH….extremelyH1GH and knowing your family, I know that's just the norm. I came into this league gagging and still gagging my talents to this day off of the things that YOÜ have done and accomplished; because you are and you will FOREVER be the STANDARD! So long SHER1FF! #omahaOMAHA #1STpickGÄNG #iWmW -1OVE
Newton’s Instagram post features the word “H1GH” on a couple of occasions. If you read Newtonese on Instagram, it’s common practice for him to use the number one instead of the letter “I”, which is bananas.
However, he uses the word high twice but in the way it’s done, the letters H-G-H standout.
Now, who knows about the sincerity of Newton with this message but if he is trolling Manning, bravo sir, bravo.
By the way, at the start of the 2016 season there is a good chance we’ll start without Manning and Brady.
That leaves Newton as your NEW FACE OF FOOTBALL.
FAKE SMILES AND DABBIN’ ALL AROUND!