Peyton Manning celebrates after inducting into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame – CBS Denver

CANTON, OH (CBS4) – Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is now officially in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He joins John Elway and Champ Bailey as the third Hall of Famer in the first ballot in Broncos history.

Manning’s father, Archie Manning, introduced him on stage in Canton, Ohio on Sunday night. Peyton called him his mentor and said he was always there for advice.

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CANTON, OHIO – AUGUST 08: Peyton Manning answers a question as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 on the 8th (Photo by Gene J. Puskar-Pool / Getty Images)

Manning said he had worked to deliver his speech just under the allotted eight minutes.

“Unfortunately, it is not enough to thank everyone,” said Manning on the Thursday before the ceremony. “The good thing is that over the past five years, either on a handwritten note, on a phone call, or in person, I’ve had the opportunity to thank people in person. Even if I won’t repeat them all in the speech, the thanks are as warm today as they were then. “

CANTON, OHIO – AUGUST 08: A fan holds up a sign for Peyton Manning during the NFL Hall of Fame inauguration ceremony at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 8, 2021 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn / Getty Images)

Manning began his career as the first overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft. He led the Indianapolis Colts into the playoffs in 11 of the next 13 seasons. Manning remains the only quarterback to throw 4,000 yards or more in 11 of his first 13 NFL seasons. Manning led the Colts to two Super Bowls and won one.

In 2011, he recovered from a neck injury and was eventually fired by the Colts at the end of the season. The Denver Broncos chased him and got his attention.

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For the next four years, the Broncos won at least 12 games each season and made the playoffs each year. With Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2015, Manning led Denver to a Super Bowl victory in 2015.

Manning retired as a seven-time first-team All-Pro, five-time MVP, Super Bowl XLI MVP, and 14-time Pro Bowl selection.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 13: Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to his son Marshall Manning on the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High on October 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds / Getty Images)

At the time of his retirement, Manning’s 539 touchdown passes and 71,940 yards were the most common in NFL history. He still holds the Broncos single-season record for most passing yards and ranks second in franchise history in career passing yards.

Manning is one of only four quarterbacks running two separate franchises into one Super Bowl. He is the only quarterback to have won a title with two different teams.

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Manning will be airing an alternate version of Monday Night Football on ESPN2 with his brother Eli.

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