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I read a story filed by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo sports.
In short, it told about after the nightmare that was Super Bowl 48 for Peyton Manning, He was making his way toward the locker room looking for some quiet, when a beer vendor says "Mr. Manning, could I please get an autograph?"
Can you imagine?
Peyton looked him in the eye and said, "Not now, but when I come back this way I will."
Ya sure. After all he's just been through. The game, the reporters with rude questions about being 'embarrassed'. Your legacy being questioned. Give him a break. I would hope the guy would have understood if Peyton said, "please, not now".
But, Peyton being Peyton, he did return, and he did remember the beer vendors request, along with the requests of others. No matter how fresh his wounds, no matter how demanding the press, no matter how badly he would have liked some quiet time.
On what had to be one of the worst nights of his Hall of Fame career, he rose above it to be respectful and kind to others, when he didn't have to be.
There's a lesson to be learned there.