Peyton Manning may not have announced yet whether he’s going to retire or play one more year, but Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wanted to say “thank you” to the 18-year career quarterback.
Wilson wrote a letter to Manning in The Players’ Tribune, thanking the fellow quarterback after his Super Bowl win with the Denver Broncos.
Wilson also wanted to thank Manning for inspiring him almost a decade ago.
“If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget. 10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.”
Wilson included a throwback photo of himself with a group of other high school quarterbacks, listening to Manning at one of the camps.
“You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes. You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears. But most of all …You inspired me to love the game,” wrote Wilson.
The Seahawks may have defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but the loss inspired Manning & general manager John Elway to come up with a new game plan for the team. They wanted to rebuild the roster to mimic the Seahawks’ aggressive defense which is exactly what helped Manning win his second Lombardi Trophy Sunday.