Open Letter to Peyton Manning (From a Fellow Indy-to-Denver Transplant)

Real Estate Agent with GoodFit Homes (with Keller Williams)

Dear Peyton,Open Letter to Peyton Manning

I'm a pretty unemotional gal. Some would say I'm a borderline cyborg. But on March 7th, 2012, I may or may not have wept. Copiously. The whole day. A scenario that only a few short months ago would never have entered my darkest dreams was playing out before my waking eyes. Peyton Manning no longer a Colt? What next? The sun will rise in the west? Will it even rise again at all?

Indiana was my home for 25 years. I'm fanatically proud to be a Hoosier. The more places I visit, the more I'm convinced that Indiana has the nicest people in the world. And of course the Rockies are impressive, but I contend that there's plenty of beauty in a cornfield bordered by oak trees if you're willing to see it.

I was a junior in high school when the Colts drafted you to their floundering franchise. I had never paid much attention to football before: I was a Hoosier; basketball was my thing. But watching you trailblaze a miraculous turnaround over the next two years converted me. You are the reason I love football. 

In 2006, I moved to Denver with my native-Coloradan husband. Five months later, my Colts won the Superbowl. In late September 2007, the Colts played the Broncos on the Sunday that we brought our newborn son home from the hospital. Both sides of the family were on hand to root for our teams. So I was recovering from giving birth. Like that was going to stop me from gearing up in my #18 jersey and cheering on the Horseshoe? (The Colts won, natch.)

We've really had no business paying for NFL Sunday Ticket, but what choice did I have? Only watching the Colts when they're on Sunday or Monday Night Football? Yeah, right.

Open Letter to Peyton Manning Indy to Denver transplantFor the sake of my marriage, I have been supporting the Broncos for nearly 11 years--anytime they're not playing against Indy. This past season was...well, I've never tripped on LSD, but I imagine that it's sort of like this past season in Denver. We were just never quite sure we could believe what we were seeing. It was exciting, and it was a welcome distraction from the alien feelings of grief and despair that snowballed with each passing week that you didn't return to the field for the Colts.

And then came March 7th. One of life's incontrovertible truths, that Peyton Manning would only ever play for Indy, was disintegrating into dust. Your irreproachable tactfulness, your grace in a wrenching situation, and most of all, your choked-up voice, were just too much. "I have truly enjoyed being your quarterback." I was useless for the rest of the day. 

But then you visited Denver. Your coming here would be the one thing, the only thing, that would be bearable. I had left Indy, too, and I had learned to love it here. I could still cheer for #18 and my adopted team as well as my Colts. I hardly dared to get my hopes up, but I couldn't help it.

That's why, since roughly 10 am on March 19th, I've been walkin' on Colorado sunshine. Standing in front of the tv, hearing the glorious news, my husband hugged me and said, "Our teams are finally merging!" and I yelled, "It's like we're getting married all over again!" All week I've been fighting the urge to hug everyone I see. 

So, Peyton, from one reluctant Indy-to-Denver transplant to another: Welcome to Colorado. I literally could not be any happier that you're here. You're still my quarterback.

Here's to new beginnings,

Jaclyn Reiswig


Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Jaclyn - WOW I had to suggest this one!!!  Your blog really speaks to how an athlete can impact a city - in a POSITIVE way - in his career!

Mar 22, 2012 07:32 AM
Amanda Dombroski
Yager Realty of California - Fresno, CA

Love this post! :) Though I have had an issue with Denver for a while, I am a Manning fan! :) Congrats on an amazing QB coming to town!

Mar 22, 2012 07:32 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Aw ... and here is was hoping he would sign with the 49ers. You have the best of both worlds now!

Mar 22, 2012 07:41 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Two great athlete Tebow and Manning, I was hoping both would stay in Denver but I guess that is impossible.

Mar 22, 2012 12:31 PM
Marty & Jaclyn Reiswig
GoodFit Homes (with Keller Williams) - Centennial, CO
Specialty: First-timers

It's hard to overstate how loved Peyton is in Indy. We're really looking forward to the 2012 season! Thanks for the feedback.

Mar 25, 2012 06:09 AM