The Peyton Manning era in the NFL has come to an end.
The former No. 1 overall pick announced his retirement Monday in Denver, closing out an 18-year career with the Colts and Broncos that culminated on the field with a Broncos win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Manning, who won five MVP awards and set numerous other records, including four Super Bowl appearances with four different coaches, left an indelible imprint on the game, earning him the respect of his peers and coaches around the league.
With news of his retirement, support and admiration cascaded in from around the sports and entertainment world with tributes for one of the game's all-time greats.
Here's a sampling of the love shared via social media.
Peyton was everything we thought he was and even more - for our team & community. What an AMAZING career & we're thankful he was a Bronco!!
— John Elway (@johnelway) March 6, 2016
I am grateful to have shared the field in your LAST game but most importantly I am grateful to... https://t.co/HJa2p4XqT4
— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) March 7, 2016
It was an honor and a privilege Peyton. #FarewellSheriff
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 6, 2016
Peyton Manning's farewell speech: a clinic on class, gratitude, humor, intellect and emotion. Football's GOAT ambassador moves on. #18
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 7, 2016
Congratulations to #PeytonManning on remarkable career. Class act on and off the field. I will miss watching him on Sunday's.
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) March 7, 2016
Peyton Manning Congratulations on retirement. You played an integral role as a Colt, then Bronco and one of the greatest to play the game.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) March 7, 2016
I'm happy the big fella is riding off in2 the Sunset...Another Super Bowl ring, some free Bud Light, Papa Johns is booming..Congrats Peyton
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 6, 2016
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) March 7, 2016
Too much respect for you my guy! pic.twitter.com/j7B6qRLj8a
— Julius Thomas (@Julius_Thomas) March 6, 2016
Congrats to the best EVER! Peyton Manning! Thanks for GIVING US U!!!
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) March 6, 2016
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) March 7, 2016
I love u Peyton Manning. Great career. Now send me some Papa Johns por favor.
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) March 6, 2016
— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) March 7, 2016
His current and former team as well as his former college conference also chimed in with appreciation for the Sheriff.
Thanks Peyton "Pmoney, Papa John, Master P"!!! You showed us what greatness looks like! Thru all... https://t.co/kloDBg8zj4
— Von Miller (@Millerlite40) March 6, 2016
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) March 7, 2016
Man thank you P thank you 4 all the memories I love you man believe me I have a friend 4 life. A 9 year old fan to a teammate P G.O.A.T
— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 6, 2016
So it's official I caught p money's last pass wow what a blessing shoutout to the sheriff on a great career !
— Bennie Fowler (@b_fowler13) March 6, 2016
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) March 6, 2016
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 6, 2016
Here's to you, Peyton. Congratulations on retirement! pic.twitter.com/2EHuGU8FFI
— SEC (@SEC) March 7, 2016
Next stop: Canton.