Following the announcement from quarterback Peyton Manning that he was retiring he received much support and recognition including current and former Patriots.Bill Belichick released a statement that said the following.

“It is with great admiration that I congratulate Peyton Manning for his tremendous career in the National Football League. Peyton raised the bar as a performer and as a competitor and with a personal class in which he carried himself off the field. My relationship with Peyton is special, it is unique and it is one that I value greatly. For 18 years, we battled fiercely but regardless of each game's outcome, I always walked off the field with the utmost appreciation for the highest level of competition in which those games were prepared for and played. Peyton's immense contributions to the game reflect how genuinely passionate he is about it. 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."

Below are comments by players on social media.

Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It's been an honor.

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Former Patriots corner back Ty Law also weighed in on Mannings announcement by telling ESPN Boston:
"I’m always going to look at him with admiration and respect. He helped push my game. When I played against him, if you played well, you got some kudos. I’m playing against the great Peyton Manning, and another Hall of Fame receiver in Marvin Harrison, who got his just due this year. I had to play hard. To go at it with those guys in significant games, it meant everything to me. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”