picture courtesy of Chad Steele
This was the scene in the visitors' locker room after the Ravens upset the Broncos in yesterday's Divisional Round game.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning, after absorbing possibly the most painful loss of his career, came into the Ravens locker room with his family an hour and a half after the game to congratulate Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who previous announced that he'll be retiring after this season.
We always want our athletes to win. We love to see success. But at the end of the day, it's refreshing to see moments like this, when one of the all-time great athletes of our time has the class and decency to take a few minutes to congratulate his opponent after a hard-fought, emotional game.
He could have gone home after his post-game press conference. He could have left without saying a word. No one would have thought anything of it. Instead, Manning took the time to seek out Lewis and congratulate him on the win.
Kudos to Peyton Manning, who has always been a class act.