All it took was a future Hall of Fame quarterback, and a city in the middle of the dust bowl was finally put on the map for people outside of the Midwest.
Now, it appears the 38-year-old slinger of touchdowns will continue to pay homage to the city in Nebraska for the foreseeable future.
Manning announced that he would continue to shout “Omaha” from the line of scrimmage on Thursday night, when he was the featured speaker at the B’nai B’rith sports banquet.
"I can't tell you how many suggestions I get on what word I should use next year -- cities, states, businesses, a lot of websites," said Manning. "I am here to tell you I am sticking with 'Omaha!'
Manning has good reason to keep his word as well. Prior to the banquet, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce presented Manning with a check for nearly $70,000, which will go to his foundation for at-risk children. Area businesses had previously donated for every pre-snap “Omaha” uttered by Manning during postseason games last season.
The cities love of Manning did not end with donations however, the Omaha zoo named a baby penguin "Peyton" in his honor. An area ice cream parlor even created an orange and blue flavor, appropriately named: “Omaha, Omaha.”
As cool as a penguins and ice cream may be, Peyton would almost certainly much rather a Super Bowl. He only uttered “Omaha” twice in the Broncos’ Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks. By comparison, he uttered the city’s name 44 times in Denver’s playoff win against the San Diego Chargers.
Coincidence? Perhaps not.