Class act: Denver QB Peyton Manning waits 90 minutes to congratulate Baltimore’s Ray Lewis

 

 
 
 
 
Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.
 
 

Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.

Photograph by: @csteele32, Twitter

Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted  Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.

Lewis, who will retire after this season, knew Manning was waiting but couldn’t escape the obligatory post-game news conference and TV interview about his team’s double-overtime AFC Divisional Playoffs victory Saturday in Denver.

“I’m missing a great moment with a great winner right now,” he commented as technicians miked him for his interviews.

Finally when the interviews were done, Lewis walked into the room to see Manning, his wife Ashley and their 21-month-old son Mosley. “I’m not very happy but I'm happy for you,” Ashley told Lewis when he entered the locker room. She then asked if she could shoot a photo of the two stars on her cellphone.

Then Manning, who will undoubtedly be hurting a long time after losing a 38-35 game that he was just 38 seconds from  winning, had a quiet word and a hug with Lewis. Their words were inaudible but the tone was congratulatory. A quick handshake, and the two football greats parted.

The poignant photo of the four-minute meeting – a sombre Manning wearing pants, dark jacket and tie, and a smiling Lewis, wearing a grey suit and sporting glasses - was shot and tweeted by Chad Steele, the Ravens’ director of media relations.

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Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.
 

Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.

Photograph by: @csteele32, Twitter

 
Losing quarterback Peyton Manning might have just wanted to go home and lick his wounds, but the classy Broncos star waited nearly 90 minutes outside a deserted Ravens’ locker room so he could congratulate winning linebacker Ray Lewis and wish him well.
A closeup of the Peyton Manning-Ray Lewis meeting. The football superstars chatted for four minutes after Manning waited 90 minutes to congratulate Lewis.
Peyton Manning, left, of the Denver Broncos stands on the field next to Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he walks off of the field after the Ravens won 38-35 in the second overtime against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he walks off of the field after the Ravens won 38-35 in the second overtime against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after the Ravens won 38-35 in the second overtime against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is interviewed after the Ravens own 38-35 in the second overtime against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Ray Lewis of Baltimore celebrates as he walks off the field after his Ravens defeated Denver 38-35 in double overtime in their AFC playoff game Saturday in Denver.
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos stands on the field after the Baltimore Ravens won 38-35 in the second overtime during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos walks on the field with his head down against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Terrell Suggs #55 and Pernell McPhee #90 of the Baltimore Ravens react to a defensive stop against the Denver Broncos in the second half against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones celebrates as he crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens stiff arms Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos as he runs the ball in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday is greeted by Denver Broncos coach John Fox after running a punt return back 90 yards for a touch down against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker reacts after hitting the winning field goal against the Denver Broncos in overtime on Saturday.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) and quarterback Joe Flacco (5) celebrate after Tucker hit the game-winning field goal against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. The Ravens won 38-35. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos catches a 14-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Dannell Ellerbe #59 of the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
(2nd R) Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens stands with his teammates during pregame against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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