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Colts to Honor Peyton Manning

by Fitzgerald Cecilio

Indianapolis, IN

The Indianapolis Colts plan to honor quarterback Peyton Manning for his 14 seasons with the organization when they play the Denver Broncos on Oct. 20 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"We're going to have a great tribute to him," team owner Jim Irsay told USA Today Sports. "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 details of the tribute have yet to be finalized.

"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.

Manning steered the Colts to two Super Bowls, winning one of them, before the team released him in 2012 after he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury.

In his second season with Denver, Manning has passed for 1,884 yards and 20 touchdowns and completed 75.8 percent of his attempts for the Broncos (5-0).

Meanwhile, 2012 top pick Andrew Luck -- the quarterback who replaced Manning in Indianapolis -- has passed for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns and has completed 62.2 percent of his attempts this season, helping lead the Colts to a 4-1 start.

 

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