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Colts Will Unveil Peyton Manning Statue, Retire No. 18, Add QB to Ring of Honor

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 20:  Peyton Manning, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, reacts during a ceremony honoring the 10 year anniversary of the Super Bowl winning team during the halftime of the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they will unveil a statue for legendary quarterback Peyton Manning Oct. 7, the day before their Week 5 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers

In addition to a statue, the Colts will retire Manning's No. 18 jersey during halftime of the 49ers game.

"Peyton will always be a Colt," team owner Jim Irsay said. "This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of."

Manning also provided a statement: "I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor."

Manning will be the eighth Colts player to have his number retired by the franchise. The team noted the previous seven players had starred for the franchise during its time in Baltimore.

Indianapolis Colts Retired Numbers
PlayerNumberYears w/Team
Peyton Manning*181998-2011
Johnny Unitas191956-1972
Buddy Young221953-1955
Lenny Moore241956-1967
Art Donovan701950, 1953-1961
Jim Parker771957-1967
Raymond Berry821955-1967
Gino Marchetti891953-1964, 1966
Source: NFL.com

Thirteen others have been inducted into the Colts' ring of honor as well, with former general manager Bill Polian the most recent addition in 2016.

Once Manning retired after the 2015 season, it was only a matter of time before the Colts honored him.

He's arguably the greatest quarterback in franchise history, with team records in passing yards (54,828) and passing touchdowns (399). According to Pro Football Reference, Manning is also tied for third among Colts players in first-team All-Pro honors (five) and tied for first in Pro Bowl appearances (11).

The Colts were also wildly successful with Manning under center. In his 13 years as the team's starting quarterback, Indianapolis reached the playoffs on 11 occasions and claimed its second Super Bowl title with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI in February 2007.