Denver Broncos fans have lovingly and passionately embraced Peyton Manning for the past two seasons, and are hoping for two more seasons from a guy who is as classy off the field as he is on it.

Peyton always seems to say the right thing, never throwing out reckless smack talk prior to a game, wins with humility, and is a gracious loser. How can we not love this guy?

As if there aren't enough reasons to love Peyton Manning, here's one more. There's a story circulating that indicates he wasn't happy with his large contract with the Broncos - not because it wasn't enough money, but because it was too much. Are you kidding me?

According to The MMQB, after Manning made the Broncos his team of choice, he asked his agent how much New England quarterback Tom Brady makes. He was told the amount was $18 million. Manning reportedly said he didn't want a penny more than that. After the deal was made for $19.4 million, Manning is quoted in the article as saying to his agent  "I told you I didn't want to make more than Brady."

Well, apparently after talking with his wife, Manning agreed to accept the salary offered by the Broncos, even though it was more than that of his arch rival. The rest is history and Manning is donning Bronco orange.

Never mind that $18 or $19 million  is an amount that most of us can't even comprehend, but,  in a day and age when professional athletes' salaries are out the roof, and greed abounds - players always wanting more, and complaining when their outrageous salary doesn't meet their expectations, it is refreshing to hear about a guy who would have been happier than a lesser amount.

Yes, Peyton Manning is who we thought he was, and now we have yet another reason to love him.