Colts planning “great tribute” for Manning’s return

Credit: Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports

Details are not known yet – but we know this much for sure – Peyton Manning will receive a big time welcome from the Indianapolis Colts when he returns to Lucas Oil Stadium in a week and a half.

According to USA Todaywho spoke with Colts owner Jim Irsay, the ceremony will likely occur during pregame festivities of the October 20 Sunday Night Football game between Denver and Indianapolis.

“It’ll be tremendous,” Irsay said of Manning’s return to USA Today. “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.”

Manning played 14 seasons with the Colts, winning four NFL MVP awards and appearing in two Super Bowls, winning one against the Chicago Bears in February of 2007.

“We’re going to have a great tribute to him. 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,” Irsay said.

The Broncos (5-0) and the Colts (4-1) will have a lot to play for after the tribute’s over, as the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the AFC could be on the line.

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