Peyton Manning's legacy will be solidified in bronze. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray announced in a press conference today at 12 p.m. that Manning will receive his very own statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium and that his Colt's jersey will be retired.

Isray got choked up as he issued a proclamation officially sealing the deal. "Whereas the conclusion of Peyton Manning's playing career has caused us to reflect fondly on his epic journey and to conclude that the likes of him will never be seen again," said Isray. "Now, therefore, I, James S.

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Isray, owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts, with profound appreciation, hereby declare that no future Indianapolis Colt will ever wear the number 18 and that Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts jersey will be hereby retired."

18 is Manning's lucky number

Eighteen is a number that has come up at least three times in Manning professional career. He was drafted by the Colts and Isray on April 18, 1998 and remained there until 2012.

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In that time he went to two Super Bowls, winning one and losing the other. His number playing for the Colts and the Denver Broncos was 18, which is also ironically the number of years Manning played in the NFL before he retired as a Denver Bronco. In his retirement speech, Manning said, "But there's just something about 18 years. 18 is a good number and today I retire from pro Football.'

Rocky history between Manning and the Colts ends in triumph

This honor is a bit of vindication for Manning.

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When Manning hurt his neck in 2011 and was out most of the season, the Colts decided to release him as its quarterback. "We always kept trying to come back to the circumstances that were before us, said Isray during Manning's release press conference. "In the end those circumstances were too difficult to overcome."

The circumstances apparently were not too much for the Broncos when they drafted him in 2012.

After Manning rebounded more than anyone expected, earning Comeback Player of the Year in 2012 and winning Super Bowl 50, his former boss, Isray had one simple request. "I would love to have him retire as a Colt and how he handles that part of his career. And when it comes, I think he's going about it the right way," said Isray in a WISH-TV interview.

However, Manning retired as a Bronco. In his retirement speech, he expressed nothing but gratitude for his experience as a Colt.

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"Thank you to the Indianapolis Colts organization and all the fans across this country," said Manning. "I'd be wrong not to mention Jim Isray, Bill Polian, some great coaches, support staff, and a host of wonderful Colts teammates, many of whom will be lifelong friends."

Today, an emotional Manning returned to the Indianapolis podium with Jim Isray in happier circumstances. "It was my honor to play for this team and this organization.

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This is the team that I wanted to play for, said Manning. "I'll always be a Colt." With that, Manning stayed true to his impeccable behavior and his awe inspiring career. Now the only question is how will the Broncos top this?

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