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.