Love for a legend: No. 18’s return bittersweet for Colts fans who never said goodbye shows

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Any season ticket holder will tell you: When former Colts players return to Indianapolis with another team, they get booed by fans.

But when former quarterback Peyton Manning takes the field Sunday, local fans say they don’t expect him to get the same treatment.

Manning was the face of the Colts for 14 years. Fans see him as a beloved player, a person of integrity and strong work ethic, who led the football team to success and was an asset to Indianapolis, Phil Powell of Greenwood said. And he was friendly, Powell said. When he was injured in 2011 and unable to play, Manning mingled with tailgating fans, including Powell’s group of friends.

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