While Manning also had his eyes on the future, he relished the team's second championship in the last five seasons for a different reason.
"Each one is special," said Manning, who appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night. "Each one has special moments during the season and, obviously, different teammates. This year, I am just happy for a number of guys getting a championship.
"... To give them that opportunity for these next five or six months, we can say, 'Hey, we are the best. We are the champs.' That's a pretty nice feeling."
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