Retired Peyton Manning is headed back to Indianapolis and here's why

For the second time in four years, Colts owner Jim Irsay is going to be holding a press conference with Peyton Manning. Only this time around, things will likely go a lot smoother. 

The Colts have announced that they'll be holding a press conference at noon on Friday where Manning will be honored. Manning won't officially be retiring as a Colt though because he's on the Broncos' reserve/retired list, which means Denver owns his NFL rights. 

The press conference comes almost exactly four years after the last press conference Manning held with Irsay. Back in March 2012, the Colts held an emotional conference where they announced that they were getting rid of Manning. This time around, there should be a few more smiles. 

Manning is being honored by the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. During his 14 seasons with the Colts, Manning set pretty much every franchise passing record from passing yards, to touchdown passes to most wins. 

Although there seemed to be some animosity between Irsay and Manning shortly after Manning signed with the Broncos, the two have definitely buried the hatchet. 

Irsay was one of the first people to release a statement after Manning retired from football on March 7. 

"Peyton is just the quintessential individual," Irsay said at the time. "On the field, he's all about winning and winning the right way. And off the field, he cares so much and takes so much time just to help the community and everybody knows what he's done here in Indianapolis. "

After the Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC title game, Irsay gave Manning an open ended invitation back to Indy if he decided to retire. 

"I told (Manning), we would love to have him in here to retire as a Colt," Irsay said, via the Colts website. "We would love it. I told him, 'That airplane is waiting for you. The red carpet is clean and lined for you.' We would be honored to have him come home."

Manning will now be officially returning "home" on Friday. You can watch the press conference live beginning at noon on Friday by clicking here

Peyton Manning is returning to Indy on Friday. (Getty Images)
Peyton Manning is returning to Indy on Friday. (Getty Images)
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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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