INDIANAPOLIS – As football fans prepare for the highly anticipated return of Peyton Manning when the Colts take on the Broncos this Sunday, some are split over who to root for.
David Wortman of Indianapolis is split right down the middle… literally. He can’t wait to watch the big game in his new Peyton Manning jersey, which he made by sewing together the halves of Manning’s Colts and Broncos jerseys.
”The front’s kinda iffy, but you know the ‘Manning’ actually line up,” he joked as he showed off his creation.
Dr. Jay Gladden, Dean of the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI gets it; Manning was more than just a quarterback.
”I think for Colts fans it’s really challenging,” said the sports marketing expert. ”He was so incredibly visible in the community. And even having his name involved with a hospital, it’s a very unique dynamic.”
It’s a dynamic the Colts organization must deal with and Gladden said the team is going about it the right way.
”One of the beautiful things about sports are the emotional reactions it can trigger. And in this case you have some wonderful opportunities to reinforce some positive emotional connections. So a tribute probably before the game which is what I understand is planned seems to be perfectly in line.” he said.
Come game time, no matter who fans cheer for, one thing is for sure: it will be unforgettable.
”The way I look at it is it’s the one game this year that no matter who wins, I’m alright,” said Wortman.
The Colts take on the Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday at 8:30 p.m.