The long, loud and moving ovation accorded Peyton Manning by the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium this month should have come as no surprise, even though the renowned Denver Broncos quarterback was on enemy turf about to take on the hometown team, the Indianapolis Colts.
Return visits by former hometown heroes are not always marked by such scenes. Some all-star players who have donned uniforms different from the ones they wore at the outset of their professional careers have been booed and, regardless of the circumstances of their departures, have been treated as traitors.
Not this player. ... not these fans.