In a statement released via his Twitter account, Goodell congratulated Manning on a great career and expressed his gratitude for what Manning has exemplified as a leader both on the field and in the community.
Goodell went on to say that Manning "holds a special place in history" not only because of his two Super Bowl wins and Super Bowl MVP trophies but also because of how he "transcended the game with the way he carried himself around teammates, media, and -- most importantly -- fans." Goodell credited those traits as "one of the many reasons" why Manning won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2016.
Goodell closed the statement by saying Manning was a "true competitor" and that he knows Manning will "carry that same spirit with him into the future."
Manning is set to formally announce his retirement from the NFL during a news conference on Friday at 11 a.m. ET, which will be aired live on NFL Network.