Peyton Manning’s Colts jersey to be retired, statue to be built

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INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO):In a press conference that got emotional at times, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made a pair of big announcements related to his team’s biggest legend.

Irsay led by saying that a statue will stand at Lucas Oil Stadium to honor the recently-retired Peyton Manning. Irsay stated that it will stand outside of the stadium for many years to come.

Following that announcement, Irsay read a proclamation, calling Peyton’s stay with the team “incredibly special in every way, shape or form…I can’t say enough to what he has meant for this franchise, to this city and state. You just run out of words thinking about how much #18 means to us.”

He finished by stating that Manning’s #18 jersey will be retired and that “no Colt will ever wear the number 18 again”, getting emotional at the end of the statement.

Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts before playing 4 seasons with the Denver Broncos.

He holds the NFL all-time records in passing yards, touchdown passes, 4,000 passing yard seasons, Pro Bowl appearances, and NFL MVP awards.

He won a Super Bowl with both Denver and Indianapolis.

 

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