INDIANAPOLIS – We all knew it would happen, when the Indianapolis Colts erected a statue of Peyton Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium and retire his No. 18 jersey. Well, we know know when too.
On October 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET, the Colts will unveil the statue of Manning on the north plaza outside of Lucas Oil Stadium. Then, the next day, the Colts will retire Manning’s No. 18 jersey and induct him into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 8.
“Peyton will always be a Colt,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay via a team release. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”
Manning, says he’s privileged for this honor.
“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” said Manning.
Manning, is the first Colt from Indianapolis to have his jersey retired, joining former Baltimore Colts Raymond Berry (No. 82), Art Donovan (No. 70), Gino Marchetti (No. 89), Lenny Moore (No. 24), Jim Parker (No. 77), John Unitas (No. 19) and Buddy Young (No. 22) as the only retired Colts jerseys.
He also becomes the 14th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor joining Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), Colts Nation (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013), Marshall Faulk (2013), Jeff Saturday (2015) and Bill Polian (2016).
Manning, is the only NFL quarterback to ever lead two different teams to Super Bowl championships (Indianapolis-2006, Denver-2015). Per the Colts, he finished his career as the winningest quarterback (200 victories in regular season and playoffs) all-time and his 186 regular season wins tied for the most by a quarterback in league history. Manning helped lead his team to the playoffs for an NFL-quarterback record 15 times and is one of two quarterbacks to defeat all 32 NFL teams and pass for 70,000 career yards. His 14 career 4,000-yard passing seasons are a league record and he owns 102 total games (93 regular season, nine postseason) with 300-plus yards passing (second in league history). Manning registered an NFL-record 99 games (93 regular season, six postseason) with three or more touchdowns.