The latest installment comes courtesy of NFL Films, who on Friday posted a video of Manning surprising fans at his new statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) January 12, 2018
The idea was all Manning’s, according to the NFL Films crew who documented the former Colts and Broncos quarterback’s surprise appearance back on Oct. 8, 2017, the day after his statue was unveiled.
“Tell these camera guys I want them to be farther away,” Manning is heard saying early in the video clip. “I don’t want to be so noticeable.”
Manning walks across a plaza to his statue and tells fans he’s there to take a few photos with them.
The crowd is awestruck and clamor for a chance to get their photo with Manning.
“Let’s get a little organization here,” Manning says, directing traffic like he’s reading a defense.
Soon fans were coming up one by one for a selfie with the iconic former quarterback. NFL Films producer Chip Swain said Manning took about 200-250 photos during the hour-long appearance.
“You could see his forehead over the crowd,” Colts fan Holly Dryden says in the video.
“I can’t even believe you’re real,” one man tells Manning. “This is a dream come true.”
Moments later, the man breaks into tears after meeting his hero.