Manning was known in Indy for being a consummate professional, never shunning the media’s questions or a fan’s request. When he did occasionally let loose a bit, you knew it.
In one of his pre-draft interviews with Colts owner Jim Irsay, Manning told him, “If you don’t pick me, I will kick your ass for the next 15 years.”
In an interview at the 2003 Pro Bowl five years later, Manning criticized kicker Mike Vanderjagt for saying Manning should show more emotion.
“Here we are,” he said. “I’m out at my third Pro Bowl. I’m about to go in and throw a touchdown to Jerry Rice, we’re honoring the Hall of Fame, and we’re talking about our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off. … The sad thing is, he’s a good kicker. He’s a good kicker. But he’s an idiot.”
Manning won 141 games -- including one Super Bowl -- with the Colts, but as great as his impact was on the field, his legacy will continue off the field. The St. Vincent Children’s Hospital was named after Manning in 2007. It’s now known as the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. He’s had a relationship with the hospital even after leaving Indianapolis.
Manning will be known for his football prowess, his philanthropy – and his commercials. TV advertisements featuring Manning helped him become one of the league most popular players.
For all the good in his illustrious career, as his retirement decision was finalized Manning was wrapped up in a controversy involving a lawsuit with his alma mater, the University of Tennessee.
Manning was mentioned in a lawsuit against the university, in which a group of women said the school violated Title IX regulations in the school's handing sexual assaults. A sexual harassment complaint was made by a Tennessee trainer in 1995.
Here's a look at how Manning's career numbers stack up with the best in NFL history.
Games started: Manning is sixth with 265 starts. Quarterback Brett Favre, recently elected to the Hall of Fame, is first with 298.
Games played: Manning is 23rd in this statistic. Eight of the top 10 of this category are kickers.
MVP awards: Manning has five MVPs to his name, two more than the next highest. No. 2 is a tie between Jim Brown, Favre and Johnny Unitas.
Pass attempts: Manning is second all-time in this category. Favre is No. 1 with 10,169. Manning is about 750 behind with 9,380.
Pass completions: Manning is also second in completions. He has about 150 fewer than Favre. Drew Brees is about 800 behind Manning at the No. 3 spot.
Passing yards: Manning passed Favre this season to become the all-time leader in passing yards with 71,940, which is about 100 yards ahead of Favre. Brees is fourth with about 61,000.
Passing touchdowns: Manning has a pretty wide lead over the rest of the pack in this statistic. He is 31 touchdowns ahead of Favre, and more than 100 more than Brees and Tom Brady, who tie for No. 3.
Game-winning drives: Manning is No. 1 in NFL history in this statistic with 56. Brady, currently at No. 3, is hot on his trail with 48.
Interceptions: Not a category you'd want to rank highly in, Manning has been picked off 251 times in his career, which is ninth all-time. Favre is No. 1 with about 60 more interceptions more than the next player.
Sacks: Manning has always been good at avoiding pressure, knowing just when to get rid of the ball to avoid a sack. He ranks 44th in sacks with 303. His brother, Eli Manning, has more career sacks, despite six fewer years in the league. No. 1 in sacks? You guessed it. Favre.