We’ve seen the last of Peyton Manning Colts football cards. The team declined to exercise the contract option on the four-time MVP and 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Manning memorabilia was in demand in Indianapolis as the city prepared to bid farewell to the man who put the franchise on the map in the Midwest.
Manning, a 14-year veteran, missed the 2011 season following neck surgeries. The medical procedures for Manning started since the end of the 2009 season. Manning was scheduled to enter the second year of a five-year contract signed prior to the 2011 season.
“Today is a very difficult day for every Colts fan,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “Peyton Manning has meant so much to the organization, the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and to Colts fans worldwide. We salute Peyton for all he has accomplished on and off the field, and we wish him health and happiness as he moves forward.
Manning joined the Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and directed 13 memorable seasons with Indianapolis that included eight division championships (1999, 2003-07, 09-10), three AFC Championship game appearances (2003, 2006, 2009), two conference titles (2006, 2009) and a World Championship in Super Bowl XLI.
On Tuesday, some fans thought local stores would be blowing out Manning autographs, photographs and other memorabilia.
They were wrong.
The Indianapolis Star visited some shops to see what traffic was like and found plenty of sellers willing to hold the line on prices.