The number 18 jersey of Peyton Manning will never be worn again for as long as the Indianapolis Colts exist.
The team announced on Friday afternoon that it will retire Manning’s jersey during the 2016 regular season. No date has been set just yet, however. In addition to the jersey retirement, the Colts announced that a statue of Manning will be constructed outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
During his 13 seasons with the Colts, Manning threw for 54828 yards and 399 touchdowns. He also led his team to countless playoff appearances and two Super Bowls, including a victory against the Chicago Bears in 2006.
Manning retired after leading the Denver Broncos to a victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Going out with a Super Bowl solidified Manning’s status as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. When the day comes to immortalize Manning to the rafters, there is no doubt that it’s going to be an emotional one.
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