Colts to unveil Peyton Manning statue, retire his jersey
Peyton Manning is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Indianapolis Colts organization, and the franchise is planning to honor him accordingly.
On Tuesday, the Colts announced that they will be unveiling a statue of Manning outside Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7. The team will also retire Manning’s No. 18 jersey during halftime of its Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers the following day.
“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” Manning said.
Manning will become the 14th member of the Colts’ Ring of Honor and the first in the Indianapolis era to have his jersey retired by the team.
“Peyton will always be a Colt,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”
Manning has not yet given any indication of what he will do with his life after football, though we know one area he is not interested in. Should he ever decide he wants to hold a front office role with the Colts the same way John Elway does with the Denver Broncos, the franchise would likely welcome him with open arms.