Zionsville family helps put Manning’s 509th TD football in Hall of Fame


The Rossell family of Zionsville, IN got the opportunity to put Peyton Manning’s 509th Career TD ball on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Pro Football Hall of Fame)

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CANTON, OH – Somehow someway, there will always be some Indianapolis connection to the man currently quarterbacking the Broncos.

After throwing his NFL-record 509th touchdown pass on Sunday at Sports Authority Field in Denver, the ball which Peyton Manning set the record with is already at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Ironically the first visitors to the facility on the day it arrived at the facility were from a suburb of Indianapolis.

Keith Rossell of Zionsville brought his two sons-Owen and Elliott along with his father Ted got a special treat for their early arrival as they got to set the football on the newly created display for Manning’s achievement.

Along with the football-which Owen and Elliott placed on a small plastic stand-the display includes pictures of Manning and a sheet with the number “509” written on it.

Manning passed Brett Favre on the all-time touchdown throws list on Sunday at home against the 49ers as he threw of four touchdowns on the game. Julius Thomas had the honor of catching the 509th touchdown in the second quarter and the achievement was followed by a little “Keep Away” from Manning by his teammates.

But eventually the ball made it to Canton-where a bit of Indianapolis was there to make Manning’s achievement complete.

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