Colts owner Jim Irsay held a press conference with Peyton Manning earlier today, where he revealed the Colts plans to not only retire Manning’s number 18 jersey but to also construct a statue of Manning outside of Lucas Oil Field. Considering what Peyton did for the franchise and the city of Indianapolis as a whole, it’s only right they recognize his legacy in this way.


Irsay announced the statue and then joked that fans in the future could leave their beer cans there. There seemed to be a great deal of love in the room and no sign of any animosity between Peyton and the owner of his former team.

Peyton as always had full control of the crowd when he spoke, recalling his first on field memory as a Colt. A touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison, which was the first of many between the record breaking duo.

I’m sure everyone involved with the Colts wishes the Peyton era produced more rings but there is no denying now prolific his era in Indianapolis really was.