NFL Films Released Behind The Scenes of Peyton's Statue Reveal, and It Will Make Grown Men Cry
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In a year full of doom-and-gloom depression for the Colts, the second weekend in October was almost enough to wipe it all away.
Everything was perfect for one weekend in 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadiium.
The heroes of the glory days were back home. The weather was perfect, crisp, and fall that gets you in the mood for some open roof football. But most importantly, the prodigal son had returned. And he was coming home to be immortalized forever.
Sure, it was icing on the cake that the Colts were able to pick up one of their four wins that Sunday, but what was the real event of the day was Peyton Manning becoming a "man of the people" outside of the very house he built in front of his statue.
NFL Films chronicled it all. Check it out.
I'll be damned if I didn't tear up.
To see the reaction of all these people out there, the child-like joy and emotion that overcame them from just a simple picture and a hello, is truly unbelievable.
There will be the people I'm sure who will say things like,"How can anyone get that worked up? As a grown person? He's just a quarterback, a football player." But as we've talked about before, this guy wasn't.
Not for this city. Not for these people.
It reminds me a bit of a line from one of my favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption:
"Those of us who knew him best talk about him often. I swear the stuff he pulled...sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy (Peyton) being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright."
It's difficult, and again overwhelming, to think of all the happiness and memories Peyton's teams gave all of us for so long, and how you maybe didn't even really get to fully appreciate it while it was happening. Like all good things in life, it went too quickly.
But at least all of us here in Indianapolis will be able to look back on that October day forever and remember all the good that once was thanks to the man on the statue.