Four years ago, Peyton Manning joined the Denver Broncos. Before he stepped on the field for the first time, he first waked through the locker room to meet the
In this era of super-sized egos, Manning was a rare gem. He loved and respected the game, and it showed on that April day in 2012 when he shook hands with the guys on the practice squad, the backups, and the starters. Every one of the Broncos already knew who he was, but Peyton wanted to know each of them.
Most people who follow the NFL were pretty sure Manning’s career was over, so no one was surprised when the news began to leak out on Saturday night. To show respect for his fellow Broncos, Manning had sent each of them a text before his final decision to retire became public.
As I think about the way this famous man has managed his life, I’m reminded of a couple of Scriptures:
- Romans 12:3: I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
- James 4:10: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
- 1 Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time
I hope aspiring athletes will remember Manning less for his signature “Omaha” and more for the manner in which he has respected the game and the way he continues to invest in the lives of others.