Posted October 21, 2013

Peyton Manning welcomed warmly upon his return to Lucas Oil Stadium

AFC South, AFC West, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts
The boos for the Broncos turned to cheers when Peyton Manning hit the field.

The boos for the Broncos turned to cheers when Peyton Manning hit the field. (Michael Conroy/AP)

The sellout crowd reacted predictably when the visiting Denver Broncos team hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday night, showering boos on the 6-0 team looking to vanquish their hometown Colts. But when Denver’s quarterback became visible, the boos switched to loud, emotional and uproarious cheers for the man who defined football in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning started to warm up on the field while a video tribute played on the stadium screens, showing many of the key plays Manning was involved in throughout his 14 seasons as the Colts’ quarterback.

After the tribute, Manning took off his helmet and acknowledged the ongoing cheers, meant to appreciate the player who turned a basketball town into a football city. And just as quickly as it started, it quieted down. Manning put his helmet back on, and both teams continued to prepare for the game. (GIF via Bleacher Report):

It was the perfect celebration for Manning in his first trip back to Lucas Oil since the end of the 2011 season — understated but heartfelt, and a great prelude to what proved to be an outstanding game.

7 comments
playemball
playemball

Right now I'ld say the Broncos would win 4-5 games against the Colts.  Not a Bronco fan, just saying what most know.  With that..I'ld also like to say, congrats to the Colts on their win..you have a special QB there.  he will be someone to be reckoned with in his career..and yes..the Colts made the right choice taking him.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

Well done Indy...Was a perfect way to say thanks for the memories. 





mystafugee
mystafugee

See what loyalty gets you in the NFL?  You're the greatest player in franchise history (with apologies to Johnny U) and you get cut like a rookie at training camp.  

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@mystafugee He certainly was not cut like a rookie at training camp. I'm sure it was an extremely hard decision to make but sometimes things like this have to be done. Joe Montana ended with KC so it can (and usually does) happen to anyone.

Genghis_Sean
Genghis_Sean

@mystafugee Nobody, not even Manning, knew if he'd ever recover completely from that neck surgery.  It would have been the biggest gamble in the history of the NFL to pass on Luck and roll the dice on an aging QB coming off four neck surgeries.  Here in Indy, we're thrilled for Manning and Sunday's are even sweeter because we have two favorite teams to watch.  We don't regret the decision at all.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@mystafugee Uh, the Colts loyally cut him checks for over $170 million during his time in Indianapolis.

MichaelLawrenceDpm
MichaelLawrenceDpm

@Genghis_Sean @mystafugee I could be wrong but don't recall him vowing allegiance to the team and city he should have loved and would restructure his contract to stay and mentor the new guy.  Does great during the season mostly, chokes in the big ones for a very long time