Today, the warriors of the Denver Broncos face those of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. One of the headlines reads, “Manning can cement his legacy”. Peyton Manning, at 37, is the owner of a highly respected and accomplished football career, which includes a Super Bowl victory in 2007.
At 37, and nearing the end of his storied career, Peyton is constantly being asked about his legacy. Peyton, known for his wit said, “I thought you had to be 70 to have a legacy. I’m not sure what the word even means.” Given some time to think about it, he finally responded to reporters with the following: “If I had my choice, what my legacy would be, would be that I played my butt off for every team that I ever played on, I was a really good teammate, and I did everything I could to win.”
How do you want to be remembered? What contributions did you make?
Personally, I want my legacy to reflect that I have always been a good person with respect to family, friends and community; hopefully, setting a good example for those following in my footsteps. Professionally, and in group situations, I want to be remembered for working my butt off for every team I ever played on, being a really good teammate, and doing everything I could to win.
Your “legacy” will live on in the hearts and minds of those you’ve touched in your lifetime. Thanks for the help, Peyton.
ps: The Denver Broncos lost the Super Bowl – badly. Many will continue to criticize Peyton Manning and his ability to win “the big one”, but I personally support Peyton’s character and accomplishment for getting to those important games.