Peyton Manning once wrote apology letter to referee he chewed out

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now has been retired for more than a year, but the tales of his prolific letter writing and thoughtfulness continue to roll in.

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Hat tip to PFT, which passed on the story about recently retired referee Butch Hannah and his interaction with Manning during a toward the end of his career. Hannah relayed the story to the Chattanooga -Free Press about how Manning got on his case — and then later tried to make amends in a way that was unique to the ref but very much how Manning handled his business.

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“I told him, ‘Peyton, you’re better than that.’”

oakland raiders replica super bowl rings Manning knew it and wanted to make amends, apparently. After all, the two had worked together back to Hannah’s days as an SEC referee in Manning’s college days at Tennessee. Within a few weeks, a FedEx package arrived at Hannah’s house, by way of the league offices in New York City. Inside was a letter handwritten by Manning.

wholesale super bowl jerseys “He said he wanted to apologize for his reaction to me that day against the Dolphins,” Hannah said. “Would I please accept his apology? That’s the only that’s happened to me in all my years of officiating.”

Hannah then was working a preseason game the following season between the Broncos and Seahawks in Seattle when he felt someone throw their arm around his shoulder.

“It’s Peyton,” Hannah said. “He asks me, ‘Did you get my card?’ I said, ‘Peyton, you’ve got to let this go.’ He says, ‘You have no idea how upset I was with myself.’ That’s the kind of son Archie and Olivia raised. Pretty impressive.”


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