Peyton Deserves to Enjoy this Week

What a crazy and awesome week it is in Indianapolis. 

Super Bowl XLVI is in town, and it brought with it the media from all over the country.  It brought with it the AFC and NFC representatives, along with their fans, who are sure to enjoy Indianapolis.

But the man who should enjoy the scene the most didn’t have to travel at all, and also is likely the man who will enjoy it the least.

Peyton Manning will get to see his brother and his rival invade his hometown and play in his stadium for the trophy he put so many years towards getting.  He got one.  Whoever wins Sunday will have more than one.

Peyton will have to listen to all the media also discuss him.  Manning is the center of the biggest offseason story in recent memory.  Will he stay with the Colts?  Will he even be healthy?

And all the while, his brother and his rival battle for it all in his house. 

But Peyton should take a step back and take it all in.

Take in the week where his home is the focus of the country.  Because, if it were not for him, it would not be happening.

When you drive into Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium contributes a big part to the skyline.  Just the sight of Lucas Oil is a testament to what Peyton has done here. 

When he arrived in 1998, football was last in Indiana.  Basketball was huge.  “When you talked about Indiana and Indianapolis, it was Bobby Knight usually first, Reggie Miller and the Pacers, and then who was going to win the Indy 500.  And, the Colts kinda came last.”  Peyton Manning said a few years ago, reflecting on his arrival.  Now, in 2012, it is football that is huge.  The fans here in Indy love their football.  You know why?  Peyton Manning.

I know there were others.  Jim Irsay, Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jeff Saturday, Gary Brackett, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, among others.  But the true sadness Colts fans feel about Peyton’s imminent departure should tell you he was the favorite.  By far. 

Peyton was (and is) the face of Indianapolis.  More people know him than Indiana governor Mitch Daniels.  He is the reason the Colts are still in Indy, not to mention Lucas Oil and the Super Bowl.

I truly hope Peyton Manning can take it all in with the satisfaction of seeing what he has done here.  He has turned Indiana and it’s capital into a football state.

He deserves to enjoy the culmination of the transformation this week.

He earned it.

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