It looks like Peyton Manning will return to Indianapolis with all the fan fair he deserves.
Said Colts owner Jim Irsay, per USA Today Sports:
We’re going to have a great tribute to him 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.
It’ll be tremendous. 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.
It certainly looks like it has the makings of one. Manning’s Broncos are tearing up the league and currently undefeated, while the Colts, now lead by Andrew Luck, have already beat the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers and look like a playoff contender.
While the details of the planned tribute have yet to be finalized, the game is already sold out.
During Manning’s 14-year tenure with the Colts, he lead the team to two Super Bowls, winning one, and eight division championships. He was released in 2012 after multiple neck surgeries forced him to miss the entire 2011 season.