Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was his usual funny, humble self while accepting the NFL's prestigious Bart Starr Award for leadership and character.
And as anticipated, Manning couldn't commit either way as to his plans for next season and offered few details.
Because, well, if anyone ever understands when an event isn't about him, it's Manning. This was to honor athletes' work in charity, community and giving back.
But after the breakfast, he did mention he's still planning to discuss some things with coaches but won't let this decision linger.
Manning "I am still taking time. I am not interested in letting this longer. There are things want to discuss w joe, John and (Kubiak)"— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 30, 2015
Manning was chosen by his NFL peers as this year's winner based on his character and contributions on and off the field.
"I've always had the greatest admiration for Bart Starr because of his leadership, integrity and success as an NFL quarterback," Manning told the crowd of 1,600 at the Super Bowl Breakfast. "He's a Hall of Fame player and, most importantly, a Hall of Fame person who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to giving back. To be recognized with this prestigious honor named after Bart and voted on by my peers is very humbling."
As we've come to expect from Manning, he focused on others rather than himself when highlighting Broncos teammates who have also been very active in promoting a better community.
Manning joked that he could run any offense in football outside of maybe the Delaware T-Wing, but he still wanted to meet with Elway and Kubiak. He has already met with them at least once.
Manning gives his time, leadership and presence to a broad range of worthy causes. His PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at-risk youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee through its grants and programs since its inception in 1999.
"We are all familiar with Peyton as a winner on the field," said Athletes in Action President Mark Householde, who presented the award along with Bart Starr Jr. "But there is much more to him. He is a winner through his significant community contribution and a man of character and integrity in his personal life."
Through this honor, Manning joined the list of Bart Starr Award winners that includes Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Aeneas Williams, Jason Witten, London Fletcher, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie White and Mike Singletary.
Manning challenges his peers to expect more and you will give more. Excellent words. Go step further pic.twitter.com/MdLMXujnBo— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) January 30, 2015