Statue will honor Peyton Manning’s career as Colts player

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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2011, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning stands on the field before the team's NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Indianapolis. Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the quarterback, now with the Denver Broncos, received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Dec. 26, 2015, Manning said: "The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never." (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Peyton Manning made his return to Indianapolis Friday after he officially retired with the Denver Broncos. He returned for a press conference alongside Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

During the press conference, an emotional Irsay announced that they would construct a statue of Manning outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I just can’t say enough for what he has meant to this franchise, to this city and state,” said Irsay.

Irsay also said that no future Colts will wear the number 18. Peyton’s number will be retired.

Manning then got up to speak and said “It was my honor and privilege to play for this organization for 14 years. I’ll always be a Colt.”

He went on to reflect on his time as a Colts player. Manning got emotional as he talked about seeing Colts fans wearing jerseys in the old RCA Dome downtown.

Manning told fans that he doesn’t have any definite plans.

“Take my time, the biggest mistake would be to rush into something,” said Manning.

He joked with the crowd saying he hasn’t had a fall off in 20 years.

Manning retired from the NFL on March 7.

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