INDIANAPOLIS — This used to be Reggie Miller‘s city, but it clearly now belongs to Peyton Manning. The face of the Colts QB graces billboards in Lucas Oil Stadium and all over the city, his jersey can be seen in many store windows, and in Monument Circle, there’s even a banner advertising a fundraiser for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
So after viewing all those images, you almost have to do a double-take when you see Manning in the flesh, as I did Thursday night outside St. Elmo Steak House. After making sure it really was Manning, I pointed him out to my friend as we waited for a table, and then the buzz started in the lobby. Locals and visitors alike craned their necks to catch a glimpse of Manning, who after a minute or two jumped into a waiting car and took off down the street. Tulsa World sports writer John Hoover brushed past Manning on his way to meet us inside and definitely noticed the commotion.
Seeing famous folks at St. Elmo really isn’t a surprise. The restaurant virtually becomes an NFL boardroom during combine week, and league executives, coaches and scouts fill up the tables. The spicy shrimp cocktail and juicy steaks are quite the draw.
– Justin Hathaway