David Letterman always had a special connection to the sports world. As ESPN’s Keith Olbermann said, “If David Letterman did a sports show, he’d get the rest of us canceled or fired.”
Over the years, The Late Show featured numerous players, coaches, wrestlers, reporters, commissioners, owners, agents… a virtual who’s who of the sports world from guys like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant to Letterman’s hometown hero, Peyton Manning.
In fact, it was Manning who earned a special spot on the finale’s Top 10 with comedic icons like Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Murray.
To give you an idea of Letterman’s place in sports, take a look at all the goodbyes and memories bestowed upon him ahead of, and during, the finale:
New York Yankees
New York Mets
The Seattle Seahawks
Boston Red Sox
Brutus the Buckeye
New England Patriots
(Son of Walter Payton)