Peyton Manning

Week 121 (6 - 12 February 2016)

On Sunday, 167 million viewers tuned in to watch the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers to win their third Super Bowl in American football's annual extravaganza. For Denver Broncos' veteran quarterback, Peyton Manning, this was his second Super Bowl triumph but for all the subsequent fame this has given him, the 39-year-old showed he remains a down-to-earth family man who fully appreciates the fortunate position he finds himself in as an elite sportsman.

Manning picked up two personal records as he helped the Broncos to a 24-10 victory, becoming the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history and the first player to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy with two different franchises – he first won it with the Indianapolis Colts back in 2007.

Being a high-achieving veteran of the sport has helped the New Orleans native cement himself as a NFL legend. But he is also one of sport's nice guys, as his level-headed words to the media after the match at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara confirmed.

The five-time NFL MVP (Most Valuable Player) told media clamouring for his attention:

"This has been an emotional week, an emotional night, and I've got a couple of priorities. I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids, I want to go celebrate with my family and team-mates, and I'm going to drink a lot of beer."

Although name-dropping his favourite beer twice, Manning was humble and composed and handled his post-match interviews in the polite and personable manner which has typified his time in the public eye.

He added: "I've been fortunate to be on a Super Bowl team before and I remember how special that was, almost 10 years ago, and it was just as special tonight. It's even better when you can celebrate with your family and your friends and I've been doing that tonight."

"I'll take some time to reflect. And I'm going to say a prayer and a thank you to the man upstairs for this opportunity as well, I'm just very grateful."

Sport is an environment which can breed superstar egos; but one of the most iconic quarterbacks in the NFL is proof you can still be an ordinary and down-to-earth person in the extraordinary world of high-level professional sport.

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