News of Peyton Manning's retirement prompted two of his biggest fans to shower him with praise.
That would be Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, of course.
Manning's decades-long rivals with the New England Patriots went public Sunday with some major kudos aimed at the future hall of famer.
Brady told Peter King of MMQB.com (The Monday Morning Quarterback) that Manning "set the standard for how to play the quarterback position."
"Every game he has played, I have watched," Brady added. "I have file folders of his plays, of how he plays. It'd take years for me to watch it all again. But what he's done in Denver has been incredible. Think of what he did--changing teams, changing organizations, at his age, and then in four years going to two Super Bowls with that team."
Belichick was equally complimentary, which is in itself astounding given his preference for grunts and stares. He told ESPN:
"I can honestly say that I never 'enjoyed' our meetings, but the respect I have for Peyton Manning as a competitor was, and will likely remain, second to none."