Of course, Manning did more than win on the field: He helped this basketball-crazed state and a city known far and wide for the Indianapolis 500 embrace football.
In his entire 17-year career, Manning finished with 71,940 passing yards, 539 touchdowns, 251 interceptions, and a 65.3 completion percentage.
The event featured many of Manning's former Colts teammates.
Manning, the number one overall selection in the 1998 draft, joined 12 other former Colts - including his former coach Tony Dungy and former general manager Bill Polian - in the team's Ring of Honor.
Several players, coaches and friends from "The Sherriff's" tenure gave speeches, speaking on behalf of the older Manning's accomplishments with the Colts. I ran across a few men who were exceptionally talented and gifted, and maybe the best of all time at what they do.
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Florida escaped Tiger Stadium with a 16-10 victory last November thanks to a goal-line stand in the final seconds. And wide receiver Derrick Dillon was ejected from the game in the opening period for a targeting block.
"Peyton Manning. It's Peyton Manning!".
Manning turned IN from a basketball and racing state into a football state.
However, a surprise guest speaker in the form of Indianapolis native David Letterman also got a turn at the podium.
"It has been not a very good kept secret around here, but no one is ever going to wear this jersey again", owner Jim Irsay said.
Although Peyton Manning rounded out his National Football League career with the Denver Broncos in 2015, he will always be an Indianapolis Colts legend through and through. "Well, today we get a chance to welcome him back home to IN and tell him what a pleasure it was to be his teammate and friend". "Oh my gosh, it's Peyton Manning!" said Any Newman. You see the metropolitan Indianapolis area was ranked third in high school football talent previous year and I think the interest was created from him, from his excitement on the field, his leadership, the way he carried himself and the fact he did it the right way.