Don’t call it a comeback.
When Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since his emotional departure just two years ago he won’t have to restore ties from the past. He spent 14 seasons as a Colt – winning a Super Bowl, four Most Valuable Player awards and making an incalculable impact on the community.
His homecoming – including that video tribute to his legacy in Indianapolis – won’t appear to Manning like he’s necessarily coming home.
“I really feel that I’ve never stopped. I don’t play there anymore but I’ve always continued to communicate and have enjoyed those times when I see somebody from Indiana in a hotel, or a No. 18 Colts jersey out here at practice,” he said. “There’s always a connection there. So I think to have to deliver a message means that I’ve been gone—and I really don’t think that I have.”
Manning still sometimes makes his way back to Indianapolis even as he now makes his home in Denver. He’ll be introduced as a Bronco, but he’ll never enter as the opponent there.