INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback Peyton Manning on Friday will be back in the same building with the same team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998 when Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay holds a press conference to honor Manning for his accomplishments during his 14 seasons with the franchise.
No. 18. March 18. Eighteen NFL seasons.
Let's take a look at 18 memories -- in no particular order -- from Manning's time with the Colts.
The Colts selected Manning with the No. 1 overall pick over quarterback Ryan Leaf on April 18, 1998.
Manning went 21-of-37 for 302 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in his first NFL start, a 24-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 6, 1998.
Manning made his playoff debut on Jan. 16, 2000, going 19-of-42 for 227 yards and no touchdowns in a 19-16 AFC divisional-round loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The Colts announced in the week before the start of the 2011 season that Manning would be out two to three months after his second neck surgery in four months. He had undergone a procedure to repair a bulging disk and nerve problem in May. Manning wound up missing the entire 2011 season.
Manning broke Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown record on Dec. 26, 2004, when he threw his 49th touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley with 56 seconds remaining in regulation against San Diego.
Manning won his first of two Super Bowls when he went 25-of-38 for 247 yards and a 53-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne in the Colts’ 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Feb. 4, 2007.
Manning won the first of his four Associated Press Most Valuable Player awards with the Colts, sharing the honor with Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair in 2003. Manning threw for 4,267 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Manning was 23-of-47 for one touchdown and four interceptions in a 24-14 loss to the New England Patriots in his first AFC Championship Game appearance on Jan. 18, 2004.
Manning threw for at least 4,000 yards in 11 of his 13 seasons. He threw for at least 3,747 yards in the other two seasons.
Manning finally got past Bill Belichick and the Patriots in the playoffs by beating them 38-34 in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 21, 2007.
Manning threw 112 of his 399 touchdowns with the Colts to receiver Marvin Harrison.
Manning threw a costly interception that was returned 74 yards for a touchdown by New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter late in the fourth quarter of the Colts’ 31-17 loss in Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010.
In what turned out to be his final game with the Colts, Manning was 18-of-26 for 225 yards and a touchdown in a 17-16 loss to the New York Jets in the 2010 playoffs.
Manning won at least 10 games in 11 of the 13 seasons he played with the Colts. He had a losing record in the other two seasons.
In Week 5 of the 2003 season, the Colts became the first team in NFL history to win after trailing by 21 points or more with less than four minutes to play when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manning led Indy as it scored 24 unanswered points to complete the comeback.
With their 8-0 record on the line against the Patriots in Week 10 of the 2009 season, the Colts overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 35-34, punctuated by Manning’s winning 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds remaining.
Manning threw for more than 10,000 yards each to Harrison (953 completions for 12,766 yards) and Wayne (779 completions for 10,602 yards).
The Colts announced during an emotional news conference on March 7, 2012, that they were releasing Manning after 13 seasons. He would have been owed a $28 million bonus if he had not been released.