Peyton Manning and family meets Ray Lewis in the locker room after the Broncos vs Ravens game

Say what you want about Peyton Manning, but you can't question his class

1/13/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Blog Photo - Peyton Manning and family meets Ray Lewis in the locker room after the Broncos vs Ravens game
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.
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1/13/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

I think Ray Lewis really has class! I didn't even recognize him in that photo. He looks like a law professor.

1/13/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2796 respect

I would have expected nothing else from either one of these great players after this game.  As a lifetime Bronco fan, I must admit that I expected the Broncos to lose yesterday, that is because while Peyton might have had success in his past against the Ravens, the Broncos have had much the opposite against them.  Losing Moreno hurt, however one of the worst games I have ever seen Champ Bailey play in a Denver uniform sure didn't help nor did the fact that for one 70 yard touchdown our safety Moore's vertical leap was replaced with mine and therefore he couldn't knockdown the pass. 

On a side note both teams should ask the NFL to never let these ref's call a game in the NFL, not only bad calls, but the time it took them to make a decision was inexcusable for so called veteran officials.  When Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf are wrong on nearly every attempt to guess what the ref is going to rule on a play, then obviously something needs to be changed.

1/13/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

And I LOVE that he took his family with him.  A shining example of courage and humility and graciousness and yes, class ... his kids will learn from a shining example.  He is a true sports hero to me

1/13/13   |   jscdabbadabbado

Peyton Manning is a a class act.  He nor the Broncos are not frauds...they simply lost a close football game...they can hold their heads high.  Thanks for the picture...finally, a real man.  We always hear the negative stuff or negative comments about our sports figures - and viola, that is all they are, until now.

1/13/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7458 respect

I have always loved Peyton  because he is such a classy man.  Not only is that a quality lacking in the sports world...it's lacking in the world in general. 

1/13/13   |   Jess   |   35129 respect

And this is a huge reason why I've always been in Peyton's corner. It's been harder with him being a Bronco, but things like this make me want him to succeed.

1/13/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

Pat wrote:
I think you misunderstood Jen's original comment. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I believe that her statement "Priceless..." wasn't meant to ridicule anyone. I believe she was saying that this was a priceless moment captured by the photographer. I could be wrong, but I think you simply misunderstood what she was trying to say.

then i stand corrected.  I read it as sarcasm.  I have gotten so many hateful messages making fun of the Broncos and Peyton Manning (since I am obviously a big fan of both).  People rubbing it in my face and being really lousy winners.  I have praised the Ravens for a tremendous win and all I get back is how awful the Broncos were and that Peyton sucked.  I will agree the photo is "priceless" because it shows dignity and class that is sorely lacking in all sports.

1/13/13   |   JenX63   |   33288 respect

Pat wrote:
I think you misunderstood Jen's original comment. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I believe that her statement "Priceless..." wasn't meant to ridicule anyone. I believe she was saying that this was a priceless moment captured by the photographer. I could be wrong, but I think you simply misunderstood what she was trying to say.

Exactly Pat, takes great inner moral character to congratulate your opponent. 

1/13/13   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
personal attacks on Peyton Manning?  

I think you misunderstood Jen's original comment. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I believe that her statement "Priceless..." wasn't meant to ridicule anyone. I believe she was saying that this was a priceless moment captured by the photographer. I could be wrong, but I think you simply misunderstood what she was trying to say.

1/13/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Careful: Personal attacks are cause for removal from the FanIQ site.

personal attacks on Peyton Manning?  

1/13/13   |   JenX63   |   33288 respect

Careful: Personal attacks are cause for removal from the FanIQ site.

1/13/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Priceless....

classless

1/13/13   |   JenX63   |   33288 respect

Priceless....

1/13/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

He was teaching his kids by example.  Peyton is the definition of class act.  He loves the game so much that he can respect and admire what it takes to win and give honor to those that achieve it.  Will forever by a Peyton Manning fan.