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Peyton Manning Statue Unveiling Saturday

The greatest player in Indianapolis Colts history is returning to the Circle City this weekend for a very special two days.

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​INDIANAPOLIS – On most fall weekends, Sunday is the day to be at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That changes a bit this weekend.

Saturday will bring a crowd to Lucas Oil because the man who some believe is the reason why the Colts have such a special home stadium is back in town.

A statue honoring Colts’ great Peyton Manning will be unveiled to the public on Saturday afternoon.

Located at the gate entrance of Capitol and South streets, Manning’s statue presentation will commence at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, with No. 18 present for a weekend full of activities.

Following Saturday’s statue unveiling, the Colts will then retire Manning’s No. 18 jersey and place the greatest Indianapolis Colt into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday’s home with the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Here are a few current Colts commenting on Manning’s statue going up this weekend:

 

OT-Anthony Castonzo, who was a rookie during Manning’s injury riddled final season with the Colts in 2011:

“It was just obvious that he lived and breathed football. It was pretty damn impressive how he dedicated everything he had to the game. As a rookie, the expectations he had for me. He had high expectations for everybody and I think that’s a lot of what made that team so good. He would expect the best out of people.”

 

S-Darius Butler, who recalls a 2009 game with the Patriots, as a rookie, when Manning and the Colts beat their old nemesis (the 4th-and-2 game):

“When I hear Peyton Manning the first thing that comes to my mind is the 4th-and-2 game because I was on the field, obviously on the other side. We were kind of beating up on them for most of the game and he just got into one of his Peyton Manning-type grooves and it got so bad that we didn’t even want to give him the ball back. We had to make a stop and didn’t. They got the ball back. He did what he did, throwing that slant to Reggie (Wayne) for the game. That’s my biggest Peyton memory.

“After the 4th-and-2 game, I walked up to him just to shake his hand, introduce myself and he already knew who I was. My college teammate Donald Brown got drafted and (Manning) said my name real quick and he knew I went to UConn with Donald and I’m just like, ‘Wow, did Peyton Manning really just say my name and not No. 28 for the Patriots?’ That kind of took me back.

“I appreciate what he’s done for the organization.”

 

RB-Robert Turbin:

“I know he’s been a huge influence for this franchise. It takes a lot to build a statue. One of the biggest things about Peyton and hearing how great he was and about his work ethic, it’s definitely inspiring when you are in pursuit of greatness yourself. It’s just a good tool to have especially being a part of this franchise to really understand what it takes to get to that stature.”

 

 

Here is more information from the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday’s statue ceremony open to the public:

 

STATUE UNVEILING CEREMONY (OCTOBER 7)

On Saturday, October 7, at 3 p.m., the Indianapolis Colts will host a special ceremony to unveil a statue of Peyton Manning outside the north end of Lucas Oil Stadium. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Gates open at 12 p.m. (located at the corner of Capitol and South streets).

 

Important Event Notes:

o  The NFL Clear Bag policy will be in effect for the statue unveiling ceremony (nfl.com/allclear).

o  Seating is not available at the statue unveiling ceremony. Standing room only.

o  The statue will not be available for fan photos on October 7. It will officially open to the public for photos on Sunday, October 8.

o  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

What:

Peyton Manning Statue Unveiling Ceremony

·    Special Edition Posters for First 20,000 Fans

·    Autographs from Blue and Colts Cheerleaders

·    Peyton Manning Memorabilia Display

·    Papa John’s Pizza Available for Purchase

·    $3 Bud Light Drink Special

·    Clear Bag Policy in Effect (nfl.com/allclear)

 

 

When:

Saturday, October 7

 

·   12 p.m. – Gates Open (enter at intersection of Capitol & South Streets)

·   3 p.m. – Ceremony Begins

 

 

Where:

Lucas Oil Stadium

 

·    The ceremony will take place outside the Lucas Oil North Gate

·    Fans must enter at the intersection of Capitol & South Streets

 

 

Parking:           

A limited number of parking spaces will be available, free of charge, in the Lucas Oil Stadium South Lot. Once the lot is full, fans are encouraged to use other downtown parking lots and garages.

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