DENVER, Colo. -- One question that many football fans wanted answered from Peyton Manning at his retirement announcement was: "What will he miss?"
Manning answered it, and then some. He listed off more than 15 things he'll miss, whether they're people, moments or places.
"I'm going to miss a steak dinner at St. Elmos in Indianapolis after a win. My battles with players named [John] Lynch, [Ray] Lewis, [Zach] Thomas, [Tedy] Bruschi, [London] Fletcher, [Brian] Dawkins, [Junior] Seau, [Brian] Urlacher, [Troy] Polamalu, Rodney [Harrison], [Charles] Woodson and [Ed] Reed. And with coaches like [Jeff] Fisher, [Rex] Ryan, [Bill] Belichick, [Monte] Kiffin, [Wade] Phillips, [Ron] Rivera, [Dick] Lebeau, [Romeo] Crennel, [Dom] Capers, the late Jim Johnson, and so many more. I always felt like I was playing against that middle linebacker or that safety, or that defensive coach. I'll miss figuring out blitzes with Jeff Saturday, Reggie [Wayne] sitting on top of the bench next to me and perfecting a fake handoff to Edgerrin James. I'll miss Demaryius Thomas telling me that he loved me and thanking me for coming to Denver after every touchdown I threw to him. I'll miss putting in a play with Tom Moore and Adam Gates that ends in a touchdown on Sunday. On Fridays, I'll miss picking out the game balls with my equipment guys. And talking football with the broadcast crew before the game, and afterwards I'll miss recapping the game with my dad. Checking to see if the Giants won, and calling Eli as we're both on our team buses. I'll miss that handshake with Tom Brady, and I'll miss the plane rides after a big win with 53 teammates standing in the aisles, laughing and celebrating for the whole flight.I'll miss playing in front of so many great fans, both at home and on the road. I'll even miss the Patriot fans in Foxboro. They should miss me. They sure got a lot of wins off me."