With the news that Peyton Manning officially agreed to terms with the team on Tuesday, talk quickly turned to what number the quarterback will wear.
No. 18, which he has worn for his 14-year NFL career, is retired in Denver in honor of Ring of Fame quarterback Frank Tripucka, an original Bronco.
Tripucka spoke with Manning on the phone Tuesday morning, however, and offered to bring his number out of retirement for the newest Bronco.
“I had the privilege of speaking with Peyton Manning this morning, and I let him know that I would be honored if he wore No. 18 for the Denver Broncos,” Tripucka said. “I have admired Peyton for a long time. He is one of the all-time greats, and having him wear the same jersey that I did brings me a lot of joy. I can’t wait to see him in No. 18.”
Manning will meet the media at approximately 1 p.m. MDT in his official introduction as a Bronco.