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Irsay: Colts will have “great tribute” to Peyton when Broncos visit

Jim Irsay, Peyton Manning AP

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may get the loudest ovation that any visiting player has ever received when he plays at Indianapolis in nine days.

Colts owner Jim Irsay told USA Today that his team is planning a pre-game tribute to Manning, who played for the Colts from 1998 until his 2011 neck injury.

We’re going to have a great tribute to him,” Irsay said. “It’s going to be something where you go into it wanting to have a lot of fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we’re competing against him.”

Manning won four NFL Most Valuable Player awards during his time with the Colts, and Irsay thinks the home fans will want to thank him, even though he’ll be in town to play against the Colts and continue what appears to be his march toward a fifth MVP.

“It’ll be tremendous,” Irsay said. “They will cheer, as deserved. When he comes back on the field, I think there will be a boisterous standing ovation, as there should be. He means so much to our franchise. It’s going to be crazy, but mostly it’ll be fun. I hope it’s just a great game.”

Once the game starts, Colts fans will be cheering for their team. But in pre-game introductions, the loudest cheers of all will likely be for the visiting quarterback.

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44 Responses to “Irsay: Colts will have “great tribute” to Peyton when Broncos visit”
  1. hellafiedfc says: Oct 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    …..and Peyton will have a great tribute for indy as well. another 7 TD game.

  2. walker615 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:10 AM

    I love this, actually. Good on you Mr. Irsay.

  3. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Oct 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    Peyton didn’t make it on Jeff Ireland’s draft board…

  4. hakunamangata says: Oct 11, 2013 10:16 AM

    And unfortunately Irsay already drank that great tribute…hey is his blood entirely flammable now? Or just partially?

  5. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 11, 2013 10:17 AM

    They should have an itinerary for the pregame printed out for everyone and then just keep changing everything around at the last minute.

  6. richiebburg says: Oct 11, 2013 10:18 AM

    After all it is the house that Peyton built.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 11, 2013 10:18 AM

    That’s the reception Brett Favre should have gotten in Green Bay, but I guess the Colts are just a little bit classier than the Packers.

  8. 12444uggg says: Oct 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    I wish they’d wait. Peyton isn’t a Colt and I don’t see how this helps The Colts win

  9. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Oct 11, 2013 10:23 AM

    Irsays is doing this to get in peytons head! Duh

  10. xlichamps says: Oct 11, 2013 10:24 AM

    Thanks for all the great memories Peyton. I will always cherish my #18 jersey. Hope you play a great game next Sunday night, and only lose by a couple points. :)

  11. jh500 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    Which is code for “have mercy on us Peyton”

  12. skoobyfl says: Oct 11, 2013 10:27 AM

    Then the Colts need to hunt him down, LOL.

  13. cajunaise says: Oct 11, 2013 10:28 AM

    Peyton will sign a 1-day contract with the Colts at the end of his career. So, this might be the first time they’re welcoming him home…but it won’t be the last.

  14. heeeeelzfan says: Oct 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    Most professional sports “marriages” end badly. This one did not. Kudos to Colts organization and Manning. It was done with class. As it should be.

  15. fatguystrangler says: Oct 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    Awesome, as they should!

  16. devildog911 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    Classy gesture. Go Colts!

  17. buttfumbles says: Oct 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    Giants will do the same in a couple years when Eli returns to NY to face the Giants and Teddy Bridgewater.

  18. pem34 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    I can see the plan now:

    “How do we stop Peyton from posterizing us at home in the second half”

    “I don’t know…extended halftime “tribute”? Maybe we could do a little ceremony before the game, in between quarters, half time and then maybe trot him out there to throw some balls to Marvin Harrison…what he’s in jail…throw some balls to Reggie Wayne – he’s still around right?”

    “Yeah maybe – or are we thinking about this all wrong…how many free toppings do we get if Peyton throw for say 4 touchdowns?”

  19. All-American Voltron says: Oct 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    What a novel idea, actually paying tribute to a QB that did so much for your franchise on his return. Paying attention Packers, this is how a class operation operates …

  20. metalhead65 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    hey guys how about you save the tribute until after he retires? he is the enemy now and will in all likelihood destroy your colts that night. I would say paying the guy 20 million dollars for being injured his last year was a pretty big tribute. remember he left because he wanted the rest of his money and would not restructure his contract. he did great things for the colts for which his was well compensated for. the idea he left over anything but money is absurd. he left for the money and no other reason deal with it.

  21. chefbob52355 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    Peyton will sign a 1-day contract with the Colts at the end of his career. So, this might be the first time they’re welcoming him home…but it won’t be the last.
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    Bingo! Ala Jeff Saturday

  22. sarcasm says: Oct 11, 2013 10:45 AM

    Whatever Jim, you showed you true colors leading up to releasing him.

    Peyton understands the business end of it but there is no doubt he took it personal.

    He might support his charities in Indy/around Indiana, and I’m sure he still loves most fans, but he’s done with the joke of an owner.

    When he retires in about 5 years, he will simply retire a Bronco. Irsay doesn’t deserve that token of him retiring as a Colt.

    Enjoy your a$$ whipping Jimmy, get in the bottle, it’s going to be fun. Peyton has a promise to keep.

  23. richc111 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:53 AM

    In a era where having a franchise QB is king, how lucky, and I mean lucky what happened to the Colts. You seen how bad they were without Manning, and to turn that around into Luck was simply Luck! What kind of celebration do you think they would have if they havn’t won a game yet this year.

  24. denver1983 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:57 AM

    Remember the Colts didnt want him no more. He is now a Denver Bronco where the team appreciates him! Sorry Colts fans the score will be Denver 52 Indy10

  25. gacoltfan says: Oct 11, 2013 10:58 AM

    metalhead65 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    hey guys how about you save the tribute until after he retires? he is the enemy now and will in all likelihood destroy your colts that night. I would say paying the guy 20 million dollars for being injured his last year was a pretty big tribute. remember he left because he wanted the rest of his money and would not restructure his contract. he did great things for the colts for which his was well compensated for. the idea he left over anything but money is absurd. he left for the money and no other reason deal with it.
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    You could not be more wrong. They released Peyton because they weren’t sure of his health and did not want to pass on Luck, and it would have made no sense to draft Luck and have him sit for 3 or 4 years. It had nothing to do with his contract.

  26. eastcoastninerfan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    I really liked what the Giants did for Bradshaw when the Colts played NY….so what Indy (and it’s fans) does for Peyton should be fantastic!

  27. vickwalksmydog says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    Peyton’s a choker. He will have the same look on his face when he goes back to Indy as he did all the playoff losses.

  28. somethingsmellsrotten says: Oct 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    And hopefully the Colts will pound that money grubbing egomaniac into the ground…repeatedly.

  29. nsideindy says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    That’s awesome! Colts fans never really got to say good-bye…so they can do that at the game and then continue to move forward.

  30. dbfan4ever says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    my guess is that Manning will hate to play this game. After the Giants game you could visibly tell that Peyton didn’t enjoy beating Eli’s team the way he did. I think next Sunday will be much of the same.

  31. All-American Voltron says: Oct 11, 2013 11:34 AM

    A lot of you need to stop kissing the ring of Peyton Manning. The Colts aren’t some scrubby pack, they’re arguably the 2nd best team in the NFL, and have the two biggest wins in the entire NFL, beating the 49ers AND the Seahawks. And other then that Miami game, Andrew Luck is MONEY in the 4th quarter.

  32. ShimSham says: Oct 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    Funny how some people are complaining this is how Green Bay should have behaved. Remind me about when Peyton retired, then forced his release after the Colts drafted Luck, spoke out against the organization in public, went to the Broncos and played for a year then retired again only to purposefully manipulate his way out of a contract with them so he could go play for the Texans/Titans/Jags in order to have as much negative impact on the Colts as possible. Oh and during that time away from the Colts reports came out he spoke to the Colts’ rivals coaches giving them tips on facing them.

    Obviously, Peyton and Favre’s situations are practically the same.

  33. lindee3479 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    Peyton Manning won a SB for Indianapolis. Peyton Manning donated a lot of money to a local children’s hospital here in Indianapolis. Most of you who are bashing him, wouldn’t be able to enjoy the current team if it weren’t for his professional athletic abilities for the last 14 years.

    So, while you are having poking fun at a truly great athletic, try and remember you won’t see another one of these come along very soon. Andrew Luck may be the face of the Colts franchise today, but he’s not a HOF qb today. I am glad the city and the Colts are going to honor Peyton Manning next Sunday. Andrew Luck will get his if he earns it.

  34. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 11, 2013 12:23 PM

    Indy has done nothing to deserve Manning and now Luck. Putting 35k in the stands in the 90’s before Manning arrived and having blackouts and extensions the very next year Manning leaves before Luck arrives. I heard one commentator say one time “Indy has great fans”. Where’s the “great fans” for Curtis Painter. Yeah going 13-3 every single year with arguably one if the greatest QB’s ever doesn’t make you a great fan, it makes you convenient. “Great fans”…….yeah suuuure.

  35. malvaren18 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    MVP

  36. malvaren18 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:38 PM

    Manning put that organization on the map, now it’s time to show them what they gave up on, I hope he scores 8 TD’s against the Colts.

  37. granadafan says: Oct 11, 2013 12:38 PM

    LOL at the maroons blasting the Packers. The Packers have a rich history and no one player is bigger than the organization. Not Starr, not Rodgers, not Finley, and most certainly not Favre. Peyton left on good terms whereas Favre threw a temper tantrum and forced his release. The Colts don’t have a rich history as the Packers do so they have to give their recent players more arse kissing.

  38. dualprime says: Oct 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    If Peyton picks up a couple of rings in Denver will he retire and Bronco or Colt? Then again, he may NEVER retire.

  39. snowman36 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    I’m sure Peyton Megahead will choke it all away in the most important stage of the ceremony

  40. xcerebus1 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:09 PM

    He won 3 1/2 MVP’s

  41. crush22 says: Oct 11, 2013 4:48 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Oct 11, 2013 12:23 PM
    Indy has done nothing to deserve Manning and now Luck. Putting 35k in the stands in the 90′s before Manning arrived and having blackouts and extensions the very next year Manning leaves before Luck arrives. I heard one commentator say one time “Indy has great fans”. Where’s the “great fans” for Curtis Painter. Yeah going 13-3 every single year with arguably one if the greatest QB’s ever doesn’t make you a great fan, it makes you convenient. “Great fans”…….yeah suuuure.

    _______________________________

    Here’s a news flash for ya, Sweetpea….
    Every game was sold out during the 2-14 year. And yes, we cheered for our Colts. Every game.
    Would the ‘fans’ of the scrub team you cheer for do that?
    Didn’t think so.

  42. adamsmike26 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:39 PM

    Typical Irsay attention wh*re-behavior…they had to build that huge stadium to attempt to contain the ego of their pea-brained owner.

    Shame on the NFL for scheduling this game and making Peyton go through the shame of being drug in front of the Indy crowd so that Irsay can show up in one of his 80’s cocaine druglord-styled suits and play the role of the gracious King welcoming home the prodigal son. The Indy fans are classy, but Irsay is complete d-bag.

    Irsay and the Colts organization used Peyton’s neck injury as an excuse to tank the season and go after Luck, while turning the cold shoulder to the guy who turned around the franchise.

    Hopefully Peyton will win another Super Bowl as a Bronco and go down as the only QB to win titles at two different franchises. And Irsay will go down as the village idiot that he is for not appreciating what he had in Peyton.

  43. colv says: Oct 12, 2013 8:55 AM

    Payton is ON-LOAN to Denver. As you can see he will have a rare major tribute coming in as an opponent but his heart and soul is in Indy. His play is shoving it pack into Irsay’s face. He is a COLT HALL OF FAMER, not Denver. Irsay’s are idiots but got lucky twice with Payton and his replacement. There is only a couple of owners that don’t deserve to have two Dominant Franchise QBs over the last two decades and counting. What a find in Luck. Payton is one neck injury away from retirement, Luck has the next 15 years to be great.

  44. 12444uggg says: Oct 12, 2013 10:41 AM

    After reading this thread I’ve noticed almost none of your are Colts fans, so your Peyton takes and your disdain for Irsay is trivial at best. You saw it here first. Colts beat Peyton

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