Manning ends retirement speech with 'Omaha'

Posted at 12:27 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 06:39:51-05

Omaha may not have an NFL team but that hasn't kept it from making pro football headlines.

For years, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning has called out "Omaha" at the line of scrimmage. That all is about to come to an end as the five-time MVP made his retirement official on Monday.

In typical Manning style, he didn't ride away without one last shout-out to the Big O.

In his retirement press conference, he ended by saying "I had great coaches and players, it wouldn't have been possible without that." Manning said. "So, Omaha!". 

Manning is known for using the city's name as a call during games, including the last time his team was headed to the Super Bowl in 2014.

After those 2014 playoff games when he was heard shouting "Omaha" dozens of times, Manning explained himself. Sort of.

"I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means," he said at a news conference at the time.

"Omaha is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass, depending on a couple things: the wind, which way we're going, the quarter, and the jerseys that we're wearing. It varies, really play to play. So, there's your answer to that one."

Reggie Wayne explained it means Manning is going the other way. "If it's a run to the right, if it's a dive to right, Omaha is going to be dive left."

The Nebraska city has had its fair share of fun as the "Omaha" line call became a common sports reference. Omaha Steaks even donated a $1,000 every time Manning made the reference during Super Bowl 50.

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It looks like it may be time for the Omaha Convention Bureau to start searching for a new representative on the gridiron.