The circus came to town today. It stopped at Dove Valley. Lions and tigers and TV cameras, everywhere. This media turnout — a thundering herd of TV types and radio voices and writers — was larger than we witnessed for the playoff game in January.
It was strictly for one man: Peyton Manning.
He said nothing of consequence about the comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay. He’s too classy for that.
But he did say some noteworthy things, namely kind words for his former Colts teammates, some of whom will be at Lucas Oil Stadium for a pregame tribute to Manning on Sunday night.
“I love seeing those guys,” Manning said. “I still communicate with those guys. Always have.”
But this tidbit stood out, at least to me:
“I’ve never been to Canton,” Manning said. “But I would like to maybe miss a couple of days of practice next training camp to be able to attend Marvin Harrison’s ceremony. And Edgerrin’s (James) some day, too, as well.”
Other than Manning’s smooth operating in an awkward situation, that was the biggest takeaway from today’s media circus:
Peyton Manning is planning on returning to the Broncos for the 2014 season, at least.
Was that likely? Sure.
Is it still nice for Broncos fans to hear? Most definitely.