Manning Makes the Left Squirm By Bringing Up Guns and God in Presser

Peyton Manning
The Associated Press

Peyton Manning’s retirement press conference on Monday was a tour de force, a virtuoso performance. But a couple of moments surely made the liberal sports media squeamish.

The former Denver Broncos quarterback, a conservative, brought up hunting and the Bible. Over the last month, Manning has been pondering whether to retire, or keep playing.

“I really wanted to take some time to enjoy [the Super Bowl] win on family vacation, went hunting with old teammate Jeff Saturday and really just had some great time to reflect,” Manning said.

We are awaiting a statement from PETA.

And he also quoted the Bible, something else that generally makes secular progressives uneasy.

“There’s a scripture reading, 2 Timothy 4:7: ‘I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith,’” Manning said. “Well, I’ve fought a good fight. I’ve finished my football race, and after 18 years it’s time. God bless all of you and God bless football.”

Don’t expect to see these two quotes in many newspaper sports sections.