The Colts have planned a tribute to him, and many people are questioning the motives behind it.
Everyone knows that Manning is a creature of habit. He has a very precise pre-game ritual, and has it timed down to the minute. A tribute to him will likely have to occur without his participation, and the only thing it could possibly do for Peyton is interfere with his normal routine.
For obvious reasons, he most likely has no interest in participating, and just wants to play football as normal. But of course, the Colts are insisting on honoring him somehow, and Colts owner Jim Irsay is also talking a bit about Peyton this week leading up to the game. That's also causing some contention, particularly with Broncos coach John Fox, who says Irsay is being 'ungrateful.'
First, Irsay's comments:
Irsay went on to say that when the Colts finally DID win the Super Bowl, it was because they ran the ball and they stopped the run. Basically, it wasn't because of Peyton Manning.
The thing is... Irsay is right. When the Colts won the Super Bowl, Manning wasn't spectacular. He wasn't awful, as he was in many of their playoff losses, but he also wasn't brilliant. He was just ok. But as Irsay said, they stopped the run and ran the ball well. That's what earned them the win.
John Fox feels like that was a slight against Peyton, and spoke out against Irsay:
Fox might be overreacting a bit, and I don't think anyone in Indianapolis is ungrateful for the time that Peyton Manning spent there. Particularly Jim Irsay, who realistically gained the most from the Peyton Manning era.
We'll see if this has any impact on Manning and the Broncos' performance on Sunday night, and hopefully it's a great game either way.