The mutual respect wasn't all show, for those with doubts. Manning waited an hour and a half with his family Saturday after the Baltimore Ravens' shocking playoff win over the Denver Broncos to have a private moment with Lewis.
We all have a tendency to get a little cynical at times with all the hype and extravagance that surrounds the NFL and its players. But this was one of those honest moments -- two of the best to ever play their respective positions having a moment to themselves.
Fans only will get to see Lewis play football for a maximum of two more games. Manning is running short on years.
These are the moments to remember.
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