It’s been a big day for Peyton Manning.
The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that they will retire his No. 18 jersey, unveil a statue and induct him into their Ring of Honor around the stadium.
Peyton will always be a Colt. This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of. – Jim Irsay
Manning’s highlights just as a Colt (it’s quite long and there are more with Denver):
- No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft (Tennessee)
- Super Bowl XLI champion, MVP
- 11-time Pro Bowler
- 5-time 1st team All Pro
- 4-time NFL MVP
- 2-time passing yards leader
- 3-time passing touchdown leader
- NFL 2000s All Decade team
Manning retired in March 2016 after winning his second Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos honored him first by retiring his number and will have to wait three more years before nominating him into their Ring of Honor.
He is the first Colt since the team moved to Indianapolis to have his jersey retired by the team and will be the 14th member of the Ring of Honor. The most recent additions were former teammates, Jeff Saturday and Bill Polian. His statue will be built outside Lucas Oil Stadium, known to many Colts fans as “The House that Manning Built.”
The NFL now has only two players in history to have their numbers retired by more than one team: Manning and Reggie White. That’s something Tennessee fans can boast about.