It was an honor to watch #18 for all these years. He revolutionized the position.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 7, 2016
Woods even offered some self-deprecating humor, joking that he would need the handicap when the pair next played golf together:
Now we can play more golf in the future, but this time I need shots.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 7, 2016
He also joked that Manning's retirement would help out his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders:
Also my Raiders have a better chance of finishing higher than 4th in the division now.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 7, 2016
The pair are friends, and Manning revealed in 2014 that "Tiger" was even a call at the line of scrimmage to determine the snap count during his time with the Indianapolis Colts:
For a time, the pair were two of the most dominant athletes of a generation. Manning started his career after being selected No. 1 overall by the Colts in the 1998 NFL draft, eventually winning two Super Bowls and becoming a 14-time Pro Bowler, a seven-time first-team All-NFL selection by the Associated Press and a five-time league MVP.
He also finished his career as the NFL's leader in passing yards (71,940) and passing touchdowns (539).
Woods started his career two years earlier, making his professional debut in 1996, before going on to win 14 majors and 106 tournaments.
Where the pair has diverged, however, is that Manning remained at an elite level until late in his career, while Woods hasn't won a golf tournament since 2013 and hasn't won a major since 2008.
But much like Manning will go down as one of the greatest players in NFL history, Woods will ultimately be remembered as one of the most dominant golfers in history. Even if he's the one joking about needing a handicap now.
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