The player who brought the city a Super Bowl and more during his 14 years here took the field with his new Denver teammates some 10 minutes before kickoff.
What began as boos for the Broncos quickly turned to cheers once Manning was spotted coming out of the tunnel. The crowd rose to its feet inside Lucas Oil Stadium - built in no small part thanks to Manning's contributions to the Colts' franchise - and stayed on its feet, applauding for much of a 90-second highlight reel of Manning's career in Indianapolis.
The 37-year-old quarterback acknowledged the cheers while standing along the visitors' sideline. He took off his helmet and turned to face the different sections, grinning sheepishly and waving on occasion.