A statue of Peyton Manning will be unveiled and his number retired in October, the Indianapolis Colts announced today.
The statue of Manning will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 on the north plaza of Lucas Oil Stadium. His No. 18 jersey will be retired and he will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of the Oct. 8 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I am humbled, and I'm grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” Manning said in a release by the Colts.
Colts owner Jim Irsay praised Manning, who played for the Colts from 1998 to 2011, leading them to two Super Bowls and the Super Bowl title in the 2006 season.
Manning is the first player of the Indianapolis era of the Colts to have his jersey retired. Baltimore Colts with their jersey retired are Raymond Berry (82), Art Donovan (70), Gino Marchetti (89), Lenny Moore (24), Jim Parker (77), John Unitas (19) and Buddy Young (22).
“Peyton will always be a Colts,” Irsay said in the release. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”
Manning threw for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns with the Colts and was a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player. He went on to play for the Denver Broncos and lead them to a Super Bowl title, becoming the first quarterback to lead two teams to Super Bowl wins.