English teachers should show this speech in classrooms across the United States on Monday morning, because that is how you command an audience.
Every time Peyton Manning pops up on the radar again for whatever reason, it's shocking all over again how awesome he is. I am very confident he could run for president in 2024 and get elected with relative ease. He's quite possibly the most charismatic and likable celebrity in the country — maybe right there with Dwayne Johnson in terms of universal approval rating. If there's an asshole out there that doesn't love Peyton, I don't want to meet him.
But just listen to that speech. We laughed. We cried. We thought. I believe those were Jim Valvano's requisites for a full day and Peyton fit them all into five minutes. And if you didn't come away with anything else from that speech, damn it, you know that Peyton Manning loves football.
Tom Brady can compile all the Super Bowls and whatever passing records he wants. He's a football player; Peyton is an American hero.
Congratulations to my GOAT on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. God bless you and God bless football.