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.