Denver And Indianapolis Paid Tribute To Peyton Manning In Creative Ways

More love for No. 18.

After (an appropriate) 18 seasons in the NFL, sure-fire hall-of-fame quarterback Peyton Manning has retired from the NFL. It's a decision that likely didn't come easy to the guy, given his obsession with the game of football. However, his final season was statistically the worst of his career, and he struggled with injuries and inconsistency the whole way through. Combine that with the fact that he and the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and it's hard to script a better way for him to finish an incredible career.

Naturally, big names from inside and outside the sporting world spent the hours before and after his official announcement congratulating Manning via social media. Some of the more creative tributes didn't come from those big names, though. Instead, that distinction belongs to everyday people in the two cities where he led NFL teams to Super Bowls: Denver and Indianapolis. More specifically, whichever superfans thought up these ideas at the Denver airport and Indianapolis Power & Light Company, respectively.

Here's Denver International Airport's repurposing of gate 18:

And here's the headquarters of downtown Indianapolis' Power & Light Company:

And so the two cities with horse-named NFL teams said goodbye to a legend. Well played.

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