No one ever thought Peyton would leave Indianapolis. It became his home, his life. It was all Manning knew. To be pushed out the door wasn’t the right way to treat one of the greatest, if not the greatest, player to ever play in the NFL.
We look at Peyton Manning as a role model, someone to look up to, a gracious and perfect gentlemen. But don’t get it twisted, Manning wants nothing more than to stick it to the Colts.
Now donning the orange of the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning and the NFL leading offense is set to return to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Just how important was Peyton Manning to the Colts?
- From 1998 to 2010 Manning led the Colts to seven AFC South and one AFC East division championships. He also led them to two AFC Championships and a Super Bowl championship.
The Colts all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, he was named the NFL player of the decade (2000′s).
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri expects the crowd to cheer for Manning in his return according to heraldbulletin.com.
“I think it’s probably a little bit different of an atmosphere,” Vinatieri said comparing Patriots fans to Colts fans in the locker room at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “No disrespect to any fans out there, but our fans are much more welcoming. I think that Peyton will probably get a whole lot more cheers than I did when I went back to New England.”
The standard procedure when former great players have been welcomed back include a highlight video of the player’s Indianapolis career during a timeout.
“I’m sure he’ll get a standing ovation right when he comes out. I would almost guarantee it,” Vinatieri said, adding it likely will feel odd for Manning to dress in the visiting locker room. “But, hopefully, after that, I know the fans still love him, but hopefully when he goes out there, they’re loud and make it hard on him. I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun. That’ll be a pretty cool game for him and us and everybody involved.”
Manning demands perfection from his team and make no doubts about it, he’ll make sure the Broncos are ready to trounce the Colts come Sunday night.