Only weeks removed from his emotional retirement, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning already finds himself back in the headlines. Following a remarkable 18-year NFL career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, Peyton’s first franchise already has a plan in the works to commemorate his greatness.
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay announced the Colts will be retiring Manning’s No. 18 jersey and will be building a statue of Peyton outside Lucas Oil Stadium. Irsay continued, “We’re really excited about putting this iconic statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, where it’ll stand many, many years. So deserving.”
Having spent the first 14 years of his career in Indianapolis, Manning threw for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns as a member of the Colts. And while Manning saved his best individual season for 2013 with the Broncos (5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns), it is clear Indianapolis is intent on recognizing Peyton’s numerous accomplishments as a Colt.
Manning helped bring each franchise a Lombardi Trophy and finished his career 2-2 on the NFL’s biggest stage. He will likely go down as the greatest regular season quarterback in NFL history as the all-time leader in yards (71,940) and touchdowns (539), but postseason struggles keep him from “Greatest Of All-Time” status.
But no matter where he finishes on the all-time list, one thing is certain – he will be most remembered as an Indianapolis Colt.