Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held a press conference Wednesday in which Irsay announced that the Colts were cutting Manning, the greatest sports figure Indianapolis has ever seen, rather than pay him a $28 million roster bonus.

What made the press conference extraordinary was Manning’s reaction to being cut. Instead of sounding bitter about missing out on such a huge chunk of change, Manning couldn’t have been more gracious. The 35-year-old, who missed last season with a neck injury but hopes to play again in 2012, tearfully thanked Irsay for all their years together. And he repeatedly thanked the people of Indianapolis for being so good to him, and such great fans.

Apparently that generosity of spirit also extends to Manning’s tipping. This bill comes from the Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh, NC, where Manning had been working out.

Peyton Manning

Yup, that’s $200 bucks on top of the 18% included gratuity. With Manning out in Indianapolis, the future hall-of-famer and one of sports’ classiest guys is bound to make fans (and waiters) in another NFL city very happy. Check out a video of Wednesday’s emotional press conference below.

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