DENVER - When Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis on Sunday for his first game since being released by the team, he'll be honored with a tribute by the Colts.
"We’re going to have a great tribute to him," Colts owner Jim Irsay said last week at the NFL owners meetings. "It’s going to be something where you go into it wanting to have a lot of fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we’re competing against him."
Manning was in Indianapolis from 1998-2011.
He sat out the 2011-12 season after multiple neck surgeries. The Colts released Manning in early 2012 rather than pay a $28 million contract bonus.
The Colts said they had decided it was time to rebuild from top to bottom. They took Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top pick in April 2012's draft.
Within weeks after being released by the Colts, Manning was signing a 5-year contract to play in Denver.
His first season with the team, Manning led the Broncos to the playoffs. His second season has started with a 6-0 record.
Manning will take that unbeaten record to Indianapolis on Sunday. The Broncos take on the Colts at 6:30 p.m. MT.
Indy has usually celebrated the return of former longtime stars, such as Edgerrin James and Jeff Saturday, with a highlight reel of the players' careers between the third and fourth quarters. USA Today reported that the Colts will honor Manning during a pregame tribute.