The city of Indianapolis was caught off guard when Peyton Manning was released by the Colts prior to the 2012 season. Although Manning plays for another team, Colts fans will always appreciate what he did for Indianapolis.
Over a year later, Peyton will return to Indianapolis to play against a number of players he once considered teammates. The Colts plan to honor their former leader with a video tribute prior to kickoff on Sunday Night.
Lucas Oil Stadium will be the site for a highly anticipated reunion that will forever be remembered. Emotions will surely be running high on Sunday. Between the fierce competition and the yearning for the past, Colts players and fans alike will be in a frenzy.
To make this week's Sunday Night Football showdown more memorbale, the Colts will be celebrating in style all week. The city of Indianapolis will observe "Blue Week" as part of the Colts' Operation Blue Out designed to celebrate their return to primitime football.
The Colts have a lot of reasons to be motivated going into Sunday night. Coming off of a tough road loss to the Chargers should drive the team to work harder to prepare for the Broncos. The match-up against Manning and company will likely be the toughest regular season battle the Colts will have to encounter.
Last season, the Colts proved that any kind of emotion is a great motivator for sports. When Head Coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, the Colts rallied to a remarkable winning season and a playoff berth.
After Pagano's remission was announced, the Colts fought hard to honor their strong leader. Its not a far stretch to believe th strong emotions related to Manning's homecoming will spark something within the Colts the fans have yet to see this season.
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, history will be made. No one ever thought they would see the day Manning would be playing against Indianapolis. Now that its happening, we are all in for quite the show.