Peyton Manning only had one request when it came to his bronze statue

INDIANAPOLIS – As one of the first of its kind in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning fans are excited about the unveiling of his statue – and so is he.

Manning said he isn’t sure exactly what the statue will look like, but he had some input in the design process as he worked with artist Ryan Feeney.

“I think it’s great that the Colts selected a local person to do it,” he said. “This is an Indiana ceremony, an Indiana event and I’m proud of my association with Indiana.”

Manning’s highly-anticipated statue will be revealed Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. on the north plaza of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Colts officials announced construction of the statue in March 2016 to honor Manning’s 14 years with the team.

“Peyton will always be a Colt,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.”

Manning said he only had one request when it came to the bronze design.

“My only request to Mr. Irsay and Pete Ward is I want my helmet to be on. Do not show all of this (pointing to face) permanently in bronze so at least I’m covered up a little bit. I told him to feel free to make it the 24, 25-year-old version of me,” said Manning.

The retired player said he looks forward to seeing friends, family and fans during the big event.

“I am grateful and humble and I look forward to it because there are going to be a lot of people who’ve been part of my football journey here – some old teammates, old coaches, special friends here in Indiana and obviously, the great fans who supported me and this team for so many years,” he said.

Manning visited Indianapolis Tuesday for the RTV6 Peyton Manning Children's Hospital Telethon where more than $350,000 was raised for children.

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