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The Great Ones Leave In Spring: An Open Letter To Peyton Manning

Dear Peyton Manning,

Thank you. You’re truly one of a kind, and I hate to see you go. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for you, from a Super Bowl title to some tough news coverage, to the daily question of when (or if) you would retire. Now you’ve chosen to do so.

I have been consistently fascinated by your leadership—which has earned you league MVP five times and two Super Bowl wins—but you are leaving us with a much greater lesson:

You’re leaving the game on top and on your own terms.

In the history of major sports, there are only a small number of greats—John Wooden, Tony La Russa, Jerome Bettis and your current boss, John Elway, to name a few—who’ve gone out as champions as you have.

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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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