When Peyton Manning appeared on David Letterman's farewell show, all he got to say was "Dave, you are to comedy what I am to ... comedy." Now, we know what he really thinks about the retiring late night television host.

For starters, the funny line Peyton said as part of the Top 10 List 'Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave' was not his own concoction. As you might have already guessed, all of those zingers slung by various celebrities like Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Bill Murray were created by the show's writers, not the featured celebrities.

Manning, who has appeared on the show several times over the years, wrote a piece for Peter King's MMQB in which he revealed his true feelings about David Letterman.

I love David Letterman. Always have. I consider myself a Letterman guy, because I’ve never done any other late-night show but his. I’ve been a big fan of comedy my whole life, and when I watch him, I’ve just always felt that he hits the right note—all the time. He sure has been a big part of my life.

- Peyton Manning
MMQB

Letterman was clearly thrilled to have Manning on his final show, possibly more than any of the other celebrity guests as he constantly made a big deal about Peyton being there.. And Peyton was clearly thrilled to be one of the chosen few to appear on the show, and still maintained that Manning-esque humility we have come to expect from the Broncos quarterback.

Peyton revealed to MMQB that after Letterman thanked each guest for coming, "I just thought, 'I’m the one who should be thanking him, for all the years of great TV and great comedy.'"

[MMQB]