Peyton Manning’s legacy will thrive in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March, 7, 2016) -- Although Peyton Manning ended his career as a Bronco, he had nothing but compliments for the city and organization he played 14 seasons for.

"When I started with the Colts, it was a basketball and car racing town. We changed that," said Manning.

Peyton brought a Super Bowl to the Circle City and a national spotlight that transformed the city according to Indianapolis tourism officials.

"He's one of many reasons and an important reason why the city skyline has changed and why other companies have felt comfortable opening up in Indianapolis," said Chris Gahl with Visit Indy.

Some believe Lucas Oil Stadium would not have been a reality without Manning and refer to the facility as "The House that Peyton Built."

"The Colts and Peyton Manning helped put Lucas Oil online which is over a $700 million new stadium," said Gahl.

His accomplishments and accolades on the field are pretty clear for anyone who has followed his career and he will certainly be missed by Colts fans, but what will "The Sheriff" miss most about the game and Indianapolis?

"I'm going to miss steak dinners after a win at St. Elmo," said Manning.

The downtown Indianapolis steakhouse is where Manning created a buzz everytime he walked in the door following a Colts home game. Those who served him say he loved the NY strip steak.

It's not only a place Peyton would unwind following a big win, it's also a restaurant where he built long-lasting relationships.

"It's just very nice to know he still thinks about us and he's been a good friend of the restureant and hoping to see him in the near future," said Kerry Wafford, beverage manager at St. Elmo.

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