Peyton Manning tells TMZ Sports he was very impressed with LeBron, Carmelo, D-Wade and CP3 -- saying their passionate ESPYs speech was not only excellent ... but effective.
The NFL legend was leaving LeBron's after-party at Le Jardin in Hollywood when we asked about the powerful opening moment at the award show.
The 4 NBA stars spoke out against gun violence and racial profiling -- and challenged the athletes in the room to get involved in their communities to help solve the problem.
Peyton says he got the message loud and clear.
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