When Peyton Manning returns to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday for the first… (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images )
The Indianapolis Colts will be rolling back the NFL clock Sunday.
Not only is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returning to face his former team for the first time, but longtime teammates Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James will be there at Lucas Oil Stadium to welcome him back, a celebratory reunion of the Big Three.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Colts owner Jim Irsay told The Times. “Edgerrin and Marvin are coming in, they’re fired up to come back in. Talked to those guys and it’s going to be exciting to have those guys come in. We were such a close-knit group, those teams that were in the late '90s through the whole decade.”
James, a first-round pick in 1999, won the NFL rushing title in each of his first two seasons, and left Indianapolis in 2006 as the Colts’ all-time leading rusher with 9,226 yards. He was given an honorary Super Bowl ring, even though he played for Arizona the year Indianapolis won it all.
Harrison, a first-rounder in 1996, played 13 seasons with the Colts and in 2006 became the fourth receiver in league history with 1,000 career catches. There are now nine of those, with Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne joining that elite group Monday night.
A three-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection who retired after the 2008 season, Harrison set a league record with 143 receptions in 2002.
James was inducted into the Colts' ring of honor in 2012, and Harrison was inducted in August.
“The only disappointment is not to have won another championship or two,” Irsay said. “That’s something that we want to chase in this new era.”
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