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Two sports icons met on Sunday morning as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wanted to pay his respects to New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.

Manning was a special guest at Yankee Stadium, where he met with Jeter.

"I came to see Derek play," Manning said. "Derek and I have been friends -- he's a couple years older than me, but we've been pretty much professionals at the same time. So I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time."

Manning reportedly chatted with Jeter between the shortstop's batting practice turns. Manning also talked with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and other players.

Peyton, along with his younger brother Eli, were in Sunday to watch the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

"It's the only time I'm gonna get to New York before our season starts, and they're not coming out to the [Colorado] Rockies this year," Manning said. "I wanted to see [Jeter] play in person, and get a good picture for my scrapbook."

Both players are nearing the end of their careers. Jeter, who will turn 40 in June, is entering the final year of his MLB career. Manning, who is 38, has only a few seasons left in him. Let's hope both walk out of their respect professions with another ring.


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