Class Act: Russell Wilson Writes Amazing Open Letter to Peyton Manning

Subject: Class Act: Russell Wilson Writes Amazing Open Letter to Peyton Manning
From: Scott Aberdeen
Date: 10 Feb 2016

Much has been made of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s less than inspiring tantrums at the Super Bowl — both on the field, and after the game when he stormed out of the press conference.

But last year’s losing QB, Seattle’s Russell Wilson has shown nothing but good sportsmanship and class since he came into the NFL. And with Peyton Manning expected to retire after earning his second ring to top off a legendary career, Wilson once again showed his character by writing a heartfelt open “letter” to the future Hall of Famer, with whom he shares a deep Christian faith.

Wilson titled the letter, “If This Is It…”

From all the wins, to the few tough losses. From the 71,000 yards, to all the touchdowns, to the few interceptions.

From all the meetings, to all the hard practices, to all the film, to all the blood, sweat and tears.

From all the Pro Bowls, to the handful of MVPs, to the two Lombardi trophies. From all the teammates, to all the opponents, to all the fans.

From the blue and white, to the blue and orange …


If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.

10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.

You inspired the kid in the green shirt.

You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.

You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears.

But most of all …

You inspired me to love the game.

Thanks, Peyton.

If this is it,


Russell Wilson