Watch Peyton Manning Surprise Colts Fans At His Statue

Posted Jan 10, 2018

Peyton Manning surprised Colts fans in front of his statue on game day - and NFL Films was there to capture the moment.

On Saturday, October 7th, the world watched as Peyton Manning’s statue was unveiled outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Along with local and national media, NFL Films was also there – at the request of Manning.

“The great thing about Peyton Manning is that he has a real appreciation for the history of the game and understands his place in it and understands our role in documenting it,” said producer Chip Swain.

Manning spent time on Saturday signing jerseys and tossing footballs to fans, but it was what happened on Sunday that only a few hundred lucky fans got to witness.

With his statue on full display, it was assumed that would be a popular place on game day – as fans got their first chance to get up close and personal with it.

But what no one anticipated was that Manning himself would show up.

“It was all his idea,” Swain said. “It was really cool that he wanted to do that and that he let us shoot it.”

The Colts played the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 8th. In honor of Manning’s jersey retirement and Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime, fans flocked to the plaza wearing number 18 jerseys.

“We arranged for a meeting time and place and he came and we put the mic on him,” said Swain.

Manning was very specific – he didn’t want a big entourage. He just wanted to casually stroll up. And he wanted it to be a surprise.

“We had two cameras and we had one camera sort of perched above at a decent vantage point where we could see the statue and the people congregating,” said Swain. “When Peyton was on his way, our camera guy that was following him stood down and let him go. Our other camera guy picked him up and followed him all the way to the statue. It’s like 45 seconds of just him walking by himself and people are noticing him, but nobody is surrounding him. It’s such a cool moment.”

“Alright, let’s take some pictures,” Manning said as he approached unsuspecting fans standing in front of his statue.

And it didn’t take long for the quarterback to come out.

“Let’s rotate. Let’s get a little organization here,” he said, gesturing with his hands like he was calling a play on the field.

“He stayed out there for a whole hour and just took picture after picture after picture. And he got into a real good rhythm with people. In those 60 minutes, there were probably 200 to 250 people who got their pictures with him, if not more. It was a well-oiled machine by the time things got rolling,” Swain said.

They captured the conversations between the quarterback and his fans. But it was what happened afterwards that caught Swain’s attention.

“I started to notice people coming away from the statue in awe of the moment and what just happened. And as a sports fan, as a football fan, as any fan, it’s such a relatable thing,” he said. “You have this person that you look up to or admire – and to have that moment with them as a fan, you see what it means to people. And I was like, ‘Oh my God, we have to try to capture this somehow.’”

And they did – in a way only NFL Films can do.

In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning has the power to make grown men cry. The @Colts legend gave fans a surprise that they'll never forget. #Colts#NFLFilmsPresents

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