Indy to give a hero's welcome to Peyton!?
When week 7 of the NFL season rolls around, it will mark Petyon Manning's return to the house he built, the city in which he started his professional career and the franchise that has nothing but love for #18. Only this time, Peyton will be entering the field from the visitors locker room.
Regardless of your opinion if the Colts made the right decisions in releasing Peyton or not, his contributions to the team and the city of Indianapolis I doubt will ever be duplicated.
What exactly will occur is yet to be finalized, but will most likely take place during pre-game festivities before the primetime game on Sunday night, October 13th.
Colts Owner/CEO Jim Irsay tells the USA Today: "We're going to have a great tribute to him," Irsay said while in Washington for NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. "It's going to be something where you go into it wanting to have a lot of fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we're competing against him. For this one day, we're competitors," Irsay said. "You look for a great game and that's the main thing."
Many argue that #18 is off to the best start of his career, his Broncos are 5-0 as they head into Jacksonville to take on the lowly Jaguars this Sunday, while the Colts head to San Diego to take on the Chargers for Monday Night Football. Could this game in week 7 be a preview of the AFC Championship game once the playoffs roll around? Only time will tell, as a blue bleeding Colts fan, I surely hope so, however, it will be a bittersweet moment seeing #18 on the other side of the field leading the visiting teams offense.
Colts CEO Jim Irsay goes on to tell the USA Today: "It'll be tremendous," Irsay said. "They will cheer, as deserved. When he comes back on the field, I think there will be a boisterous standing ovation, as there should be. He means so much to our franchise.
"It's going to be crazy, but mostly it'll be fun. I hope it's just a great game."
Lets take a look back at the greatest moment of Peyton's time in Indianapolis!
Credit: USA Today