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Peyton Manning statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium coming in 2017

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Peyton Manning may have finished his career with the Denver Broncos, but in the hearts and minds of many fans, he will always be a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

So, it’s fitting that the Colts organization announced earlier this year that it will pay tribute to the greatest player in team history with a statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium. The team revealed this week additional details concerning who will be tasked with creating the statue and when it will be completed.

The Colts have commissioned respected local sculptor and fireman Ryan Feeney to create the Manning statue, which the team revealed is scheduled for completion in 2017. He is the founder of Indy Art Forge and is behind several prominent and acclaimed sculptures throughout the Indianapolis area.

“Ryan Feeney is not only very talented, but also a great representative of our community,” Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a team release, via the Colts official site. “I am excited to see this project begin.”

When the statue concept originally was announced back in March at a presser celebrating Manning’s career upon his retirement, Irsay had the following interesting things to say about how he envisions the statue being used by fans.

“(The statue) will be a destination spot for all of our fans…to leave cans of Budweiser or notes for (Manning),” he said. “We couldn’t be more excited about the statues. It’s not too often you build statues for people, particularly in their lifetime, but we are really excited about putting this iconic statue in front of Lucas Oil Stadium where it will stand for many, many years.”

The “cans of Budweisers” comment is of course a reference to what Manning said following closing out his career with a victory in Super Bowl 50. Still, the notion that Irsay is encouraging littering right outside the stadium seems a tad off.

And why not boxes of steaks or Counting Crows CDs? You know, because of the whole “OMAHA!” thing.

Or how about Chicken Parm sandwiches? Seriously, there are other options, Mr. Irsay.