Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, announced today that the organisation will be retiring former quarterback Peyton Manning’s #18 jersey and erecting a statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium. Manning will also be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor. Manning was taken number one overall by the Colts in 1998, and led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLI as well as an AFC Championship in 2009, before losing to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV. Although he looked certain to spend his entire career in Indianapolis, neck surgery meant that he took no part in the 2011 season which resulted in the Colts releasing Manning in order to take Andrew Luck with the number one overall pick of the 2012 draft. He went on to set records in Denver, particularly during the 2013 season where he surpassed Tom Brady’s single season passing touchdown record, and once again won the AFC Championship, although Super Bowl 48 is a game he would certainly rather forget. After gaining redemption in Super Bowl 50, Manning rides off into the sunset with another ring, and unlike many players who sign one-day contracts to retire as a member of an organisation with which they are associated, simply stated ‘I am retiring as a University of Tennessee graduate who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos’. It is undoubtable, however, that Manning will historically be associated with the Colts, and this gesture from the team is one which cements their relationship with Indianapolis rather than looking to greats from their original home of Baltimore, such as Johnny Unitas. It is also a gesture of appreciation towards the player who made the Colts into a relevant organisation once more, and brought them out of the darker days before Manning first pulled on the blue #18, which will now be his and his alone.