Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis on Saturday night for a gala benefiting the children's hospital that bears his name.
Manning and his wife, Ashley, served as honorary chairpersons at the fifth annual Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent Celebration of Caring Gala at the JW Marriott.
The appearance marks Manning's first public return to Indianapolis since he was cut by the Colts and later signed by the Denver Broncos.
Manning told RTV6's Sports Director Dave Furst
that he is committed to continuing to support the mission of the hospital.
He said most, if not all, of the family's charitable efforts in Indianapolis will continue, including the annual Peyback Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Manning also talked a bit of football, saying he feels like he's starting over in Denver.
"You kind of feel like a rookie again, learning the whole new offense," he said. "Unfortunately, you aren't allowed to play like a rookie."
Manning said believes new Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will do great in Indianapolis, and joked that he takes credit for Luck's success since the young quarterback attended Manning Passing Camp.
"I think he'll fit in perfectly. He's a great player. He's a great kid. I've talked to him and I know he's excited about getting started," he said. "I wish him nothing but the best."
The Celebration of Caring Gala has raised more than $2 million for the hospital since 2008.
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