Colts say ‘thank you’ to Peyton before game

Updated: October 20, 2013, 9:11 PM ET

Jeff Legwold |

INDIANAPOLIS — After 14 seasons, a pile of records, countless remember-when moments, two Super Bowl appearances and a week’s worth of he said, he didn’t say, the Indianapolis Colts tried to say thank you to Peyton Manning on Sunday night.

After a week’s worth of commentary about what Jim Irsay recently said about the quarterback’s tenure in Indianapolis — the owner said he was disappointed and frustrated the team won just one Super Bowl and that the team had changed its “program” after Manning’s release — the Colts played a brief video montage on the stadium’s video screens before Sunday night’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

With several of Manning’s former teammates looking on, a group that included Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and Jeff Saturday, the Colts unveiled a short tribute just before kickoff.

The video was played just as the Broncos came out of the tunnel to take the field. The video included highlights of the Colts’ Super Bowl win against the Chicago Bears in Miami.

“Thanks Peyton,” printed over Manning’s No. 18, appeared on the screen at the end of the video. Manning waved to the crowd offering “thank you” and “thank you very much” as he was shown on the stadium’s video board.

Manning, who had publicly steered clear of any response to Irsay’s comments throughout the week, had also played it close to the vest about the scheduling of the video tribute during the week as well.

“I don’t know what that really is going to be,” Manning said when asked earlier in the week about his reaction to a pregame tribute. “I don’t think that’s going to change kind of the pregame preparation for what you have to do to get ready to play.”

  • Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News
  • Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans
  • Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board
    of Selectors since 1999

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