Colts retire Peyton Manning’s jersey, induct QB into Ring of Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s been quite the weekend for Peyton Manning.

The celebration of the former Colts quarterback culminated Sunday afternoon as he was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor and his No. 18 jersey was retired.

The ceremony took place during halftime of the 49ers game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Fans had to have a ticket to the game in order to attend the halftime ceremony. But don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, because Manning is now a permanent staple at the stadium. A nearly 13-foot statue of the former Colt was unveiled on the north end of the complex on Saturday.

Manning said it was quite an emotional event.

“I never really went down memory lane,” said the quarterback. “But this celebration reflecting on a lot of memories between hearing some Jim Irsay stories, Bill Polian, coach Dungy and all the other speakers made it emotional and certainly a moment I’ll never forget.”

Several speakers were in attendance at the unveiling, including Jeff Saturday, Mayor Joe Hogsett, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Tony Dungy and David Letterman, who treated his speech like a monologue on “The Late Show”. Mike Pence attended Sunday’s game, but left because 49ers players knelt during the national anthem.