Colts Will Retire No. 18, Build Peyton Manning Statue

Colts Will Retire No. 18, Build Peyton Manning Statue

Last week, Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL. He did it at a press conference in Denver, where he played the final four years of his career. On Friday, Peyton was part of another press conference, this time in Indianapolis, where he spent the first 14 years of his career playing for the Colts.

The presser brought with it two major announcements from Colts owner Jim Irsay:

  1. The Colts will build a statue of Manning outside Lucas Oil Stadium.
  2. The Colts will retire Peyton’s No. 18 jersey, with no Colt ever wearing the number again.

Irsay kicked things off with a winding introduction (seriously it went on forever) before eventually revealing those two announcements. Here are some of the highlights:

Manning’s jersey will be the eighth retired by the Colts. The others: Johnny Unitas (19); Buddy Young (22); Lenny Moore (24); Art Donovan (70); Jim Parker (77); Raymond Berry (82); and Gino Marchetti (89).

After that final announcment, Irsay yielded the stage to Manning.


Manning reminisced for a while about his time in Indianapolis, telling stories that spanned from his first days with the team until he left. He name-dropped almost every player that suited up with him, telling stories about each of them with a preposterous level of detail given that many of them happened over a decade ago.

He mentioned the first pass of his preseason career, a 5-yard completion to Marvin Harrison, who took it the rest of the way for a 48-yard touchdown. He said that he completed six more passes in that game, two of them to the other team.

Manning told a story about a preseason game that saw him refuse to throw the ball to the end zone on what should have been the last play of the half, instead running for nine yards to set up a field goal … a field goal that fell short and was returned 109 yards for a touchdown by Aaron Glenn.

Manning also talked about the Jim Mora “playoffs” press conference. He recalled center Jeff Saturday getting sick before a preseason game in Mexico City, which led Manning to ask if they could run more shotgun during the game. He mentioned that he and a few other players would smoke a cigar right near the team plane after every road game. And more.

As far as his future plans go, Manning simply said that he doesn’t want to rush into anything and has not made a decision yet, beyond going to a few more Giants games to watch his brother Eli play. Oh, and that he won’t be running for president of the United States.

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