Colts ready to celebrate Peyton's place in Indy's hearts

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2011 file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calls out at the line of scrimmage during an AFC wild card game in the NFL football playoffs against the New York Jets in Indianapolis. Jacoby Brissett understands Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 will be Peyton Manning’s show. The newest Indianapolis Colts quarterback just wants to honor the old one properly with a winning performance against San Francisco. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bill Polian remembers walking into the RCA Dome for Peyton Manning’s home debut in 1998, peering into the stands and seeing all those Dan Marino jerseys.

When he wanted an explanation, the future Hall of Fame executive was told Indiana’s football fans started following the Dolphins when former Purdue quarterback Bob Griese was winning Super Bowls and never switched their allegiance. Polian, who attended high school in the Bronx and grew up a die-hard Yankees fan, never completely understood why they wouldn’t support their hometown team.

Within a few short years, Manning and his teammates had converted them.