Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons and the city’s deep-seeded respect for the future hall of famer was celebrated when he returned to Indy on Sunday night.
Manning was celebrated after a tumultuous week in which team owner Jim Irsay said he was disappointed with the teams performance under Manning. In 14 years under Manning the Colts won just one Super Bowl. Irsay said he was also disappointed that the team changed its entire program after Manning made his exit.
As Manning returned to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium a brief video montage showed some of his biggest moments with the Indianapolis Colts over the years. The short tribute just before kickoff was presented by former teammates Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and Jeff Saturday,
The video played just as the Denver Broncos came running out of the tunnel to take the field. The video was highlighted by Manning’s win over the Chicago Bears during the Super Bowl in Miami.
As the video drew to a close the words “Thanks Peyton” were printed over his No. 18 jersey.
Peyton Manning watched the video, smiled, and waves to fans who cheered for him. He said “thank you” and “thank you very much” as the video continued.
Leading up to the game Manning chose to ignore Jim Irsay’s messages and after the game he continued to steer clear of any controversy. In the meantime Irsay attempted to backtrack, claiming that his words were misinterpreted.
Earlier in the week Peyton Manning was asked about the pregame tribute to which he proclaimed: “I don’t know what that really is going to be… I don’t think that’s going to change kind of the pregame preparation for what you have to do to get ready to play.”
Do you think the Indianapolis Colts made the right decision in showing a pregame tribute for Peyton Manning before Sunday night’s game?