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2016 ESPYS host John Cena pens thank you, congrats to 2017’s show QB, Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning will take the stage to host The 2017 ESPYS live on July 12. In the weeks leading up to that night, he will be busy planning and preparing with the production team for the big hosting gig.

Last year’s ESPYS host John Cena has been through it all. He offers his thoughts and insight as he passes the hosting baton to Manning. Cena writes:

The ESPYS truly is a wonderful program.

“Laugh, cry, and think,” as Jimmy V would say. It is a night where those who follow sports get to see heroes from all forms of sport converge into one platform. I couldn’t think of a better host for this event than Peyton Manning. Mr. Manning’s career defines the fire in which sports heroes are forged. Many times we have seen athletes with tremendous potential show wonderful flashes of brilliance, then just like a shooting star, they are gone.

Mr. Manning was one of the few people who took some extra time to speak with me about sports and life. Hosting last year was a very nervous venture for me as I was well aware my audience wouldn’t be an easy one. Mr. Manning’s casual conversation helped greatly in putting my mind at ease, and he more than likely has no idea, he was just being himself.
2016 ESPYS host John Cena on Peyton Manning

Mr. Manning has a gift for his sport, no doubt, but it is his dedication to his craft, and never giving up when faced with setbacks that has led him to be one of the few names always associated with the game of football. On top of that, his reputation for kindness and professionalism are the benchmark for not only athletes, but all of us.

Going the extra mile to be courteous is something that is never forgotten by those it affects. I say that from experience.

Mr. Manning was one of the few people who took some extra time to speak with me about sports and life. Hosting last year was a very nervous venture for me as I was well aware my audience wouldn’t be an easy one. Mr. Manning’s casual conversation helped greatly in putting my mind at ease, and he more than likely has no idea, he was just being himself.

He is very involved with the show itself, going so far as to thank its producer upon receiving an award last year – just another selfless act of a well-rounded individual who has great perspective of the entire “field” in front of him. I feel it’s about time the world sees a bit more of it.

Mr. Manning, it was an honor to warm the stage up for you last year. Just go out there and do what you do, it’s sure to be an amazing evening.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 25th annual ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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