Four months after Jeff Gordon rode off into the Miami sunset toward his retirement from NASCAR racing, another sports icon in Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has done the same after 18 years in the NFL.
Gordon was one of a handful of NASCAR stars to tweet their well wishes to Manning.
Manning has never been a grand marshal or anything similar for a NASCAR race, but he did wave the green flag for the 91st Indianapolis 500. Held in 2007, one of the 33 drivers in the field was Danica Patrick.
Also showing his gratitude in a brief video was Washington Redskin fan and fellow Nationwide spokesman, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Then there was Kyle Busch and Regan Smith, the Sprint Cup drivers who identify as fans of the Denver Broncos, the team Manning spent four seasons with and led to two Super Bowls, winning one last month in Super Bowl 50.