INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Visit Indy celebrated another record-breaking year of tourism, and brought back one of the city's biggest fans for a special award.
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning came back home today to receive the Bill McGowan award, the highest tourism award in Indy, for his massive impact on tourism. The award was given during the annual State of Tourism event.
From Monday Night Football to Super Bowl Championships, Manning was often front-and-center to represent the Circle City.
He said Indianapolis gave as much back to him as he gave to it.
“I think about the people, I think about this city embracing me, welcoming me. A kid from New Orleans, went to Tennessee, had 0 connections to Indianapolis,” he said. "To see the development of the city, especially the growth downtown over these past 20 years, has been incredible.”
During Manning's time with the Colts, he led the Colts to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis from Baltimore.
In addition, he received more than $700 million-worth of exposure from NFL games and events.
He told a number of stories about his time in Indy and memories from playing with the Colts.