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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Even in retirement, Peyton Manning is a winner.

The legendary Indianapolis Colts quarterback on Monday night received the 2023 Sports Emmy for “Outstanding Personality — Event Analyst” for his work with his brother, Eli, on “ManningCast” for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

“ManningCast” made its debut in September 2021 and wrapped up its second season in January.

This is the second consecutive year that the former Colts QB has taken home hardware for “ManningCast.” In 2022, he was awarded the Sports Emmy for “Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Event Analyst.”

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Many Indianapolis Colts rookies experienced Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.

The players stopped by Fast Friday to check out Indy 500 practice.

“It’s a blessing to be out here,” said cornerback Jaylon Jones, who was picked by Indianapolis in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. “I’m grateful. And I just love seeing it.”

One of the rookies on the team who knows just how important the Indy 500 is to the state is Cathedral High School graduate Emil Ekiyor Jr., an offensive guard for the Colts.

“Definitely a cool experience,” said Ekiyor. “I’ve always kind of been around the 500. Took field trips here while I was in school growing up.”

Another Colts player from Central Indiana waved the green flag to start IndyCar practice on Friday. Warren Central High School graduate JuJu Brents went up to the starter’s stand to wave the green flag.

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan has joined CBS as an analyst, though he’s not giving up on landing with another team as a quarterback.

CBS announced Monday that Ryan, a four-time Pro Bowler and the 2016 NFL MVP with the Atlanta Falcons, will serve as a studio and game analyst across multiple platforms for the upcoming season.

“Excited to join the @NFLonCBS family! Looking forward to breaking down the game this season,” Ryan wrote on his Twitter account.

But, he added, “P.S. — this is not a retirement post.”

The 37-year-old Ryan is coming off a disappointing season with the Indianapolis Colts, who acquired him in a trade last year after he spent 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Ryan was twice benched by the Colts and finished the season as the third-string quarterback. He was released in March in a move that saved Indianapolis about $17.2 million in salary cap space for 2023.

After going two months without landing with another team, Ryan decided to give broadcasting a try.

“It is truly an honor to join this exceptional team at CBS Sports,” he said in a statement released by CBS. “I have been blessed to have incredible teammates throughout my career and I am fortunate that will continue here working with and learning from the very best in the industry.”

Ryan is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history, spending nearly all of his 15-year career with the Falcons.

He guided Atlanta to six playoff appearances, three division titles and won the MVP award in 2016 as the Falcons reached the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history. They held a 28-3 lead over New England late in the third quarter of the title game, only to have Tom Brady direct a stunning comeback that ended with the Patriots winning 34-28 in overtime.

Ryan and the Falcons never seemed to recover from that disappointment. They made the playoffs the following year but lost at Philadelphia in the divisional round, then went 25-40 over his final four seasons in Atlanta.

With the Falcons in rebuilding mode and needing to shed a huge amount of money under the cap, Ryan was dealt to the Colts for a third-round draft pick.

The Colts had hoped he would be the quarterback who could lead the team to the Super Bowl, but he was benched by coach Frank Reich, regained the starting job after Reich was fired, only to be benched against by interim coach Jeff Saturday after Indy squandered a 33-0 halftime lead in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

He started 12 games for the Colts, completing 67% of his passes for 3,057 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Indianapolis went 4-7-1 with Ryan as the starter and finished 4-12-1.

Over his career, Ryan ranks among the top 10 in NFL history in passing yards (62,792), touchdowns (381), completions (5,551) and attempts (8,464).

CBS plans to use Ryan as a game analyst as well as provide commentary on the “The NFL Today” and other shows across all network platforms.

“As one of the NFL’s marquee quarterbacks for the past 15 years, we’re thrilled to add Matt to our talented roster of NFL analysts,” Howard Bryant, executive producer and executive vice president for CBS Sports, said in a statement. “He has played the game at the highest level, including winning an MVP award and taking his team to the Super Bowl, and will bring a fresh perspective to CBS Sports. We look forward to Matt sharing his knowledge, insight and opinions with our viewers and bolstering our NFL coverage.”

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Colts selected a player in the NFL Draft who has a well-known last name in the state of Indiana.

Former University of Miami (Fla.) tight end Will Mallory was selected by the Colts in the fifth round of the draft. He comes from a football family, which includes connections to the Hoosier State.

His late grandfather, Bill Mallory, was a longtime Indiana Hoosiers head coach beginning in the mid-1980s. He spent 13 seasons leading the IU football program.

Meanwhile, Will Mallory’s uncle, Curt Mallory, is the current Indiana State football head coach.

“It’s awesome,” said Will Mallory. “It means a lot for me and my family to be back in Indiana. We take great pride in that – the ‘Mallory’ name in Indiana. So, just excited to be here. Grateful for the opportunity and just want to make the most of it.”

Will Mallory took part in the Colts rookie minicamp last week.

“I love what we’re doing here,” said Mallory. “Just excited to be a part of it and help in any way that I can.”

During his five seasons at Miami (Fla.), he had 115 receptions for 1,544 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Colts’ 2023 schedule is officially out!

Hayden Barnack, the senior marketing manager for the Indianapolis Colts stopped by daybreak to speak about their upcoming season schedule and the international game in Germany.

” We open at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, September 10, excited to welcome them back, but then also celebrate our 40th season here in Indianapolis,” Barnack said.

The Colts will also play in their first international game in seven years against the New England Patriots on Nov. 12, which will be the second time in franchise history.

Single-game Colts tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Fans can purchase these tickets online.

Watch the full interview above for more details!

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There is a small but mighty group of fans across the pond that support the Indianapolis Colts through it all: Wins, losses, and even a five or six-hour time difference when it comes to watching games live.

Lucas Lejeune has been a Colts super fan ever since he studied abroad in Indiana in 2019. He said getting to see the Colts play in Frankfurt, Germany as someone from Roermond, Netherlands would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“I saw they were going to Germany and I was absolutely losing it,” Lejeune said. “It’s crazy that they are going to be playing a game three hours away from me. Very surreal and I look forward to hopefully seeing them in Frankfurt this November.”

Joseph Spry lives in Coventry, England. He became a Colts fan as a result of cheering for the Pacers 10 years ago. His dedication to the team has been unwavering ever since.

“Having the opportunity to go over there and also watch the Colts since I’ve never actually managed to watch them in person before, I was really excited,” Spry said.

Andy Waugh lives in Dublin, Ireland. he became a Colts fan after his uncle immigrated to Indianapolis more than 40 years ago.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Waugh said. “You’re waking up first thing in the morning and you’re realizing the Colts are basically coming as close to your doorstep as you can get.”

These fans said after putting in the effort to watch the games live in the middle of the night, they hope they can get tickets.

“We are probably one of the smallest fan bases out of all the NFL, hence you can see that the passion is really there,” Waugh said. “And we really want to travel to Frankfurt together and make this work.”

“I think that the Colts should do something about European fans and our dedication. Hopefully, they can help us and we can get tickets at a normal time and in the stadium,” Lejeune said.

Waugh already has his plane tickets and hotel booked and LeJeune plans to book his soon. Spry said being a university student will make it harder to make this dream a reality.

“Over the summer and in the near future, I am going to be working very hard to make as much money as I can and hopefully book everything in one go,” Spry said. “I would do literally anything to go over. As Andy said, we are a core fan base and we put in long nights to watch the Colts.”

Fans can register to purchase international tickets with the NFL here.

After preregistering for tickets, fans interested in international games will still have to try to secure their seats on Ticketmaster.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — No prime time games, at least for now, are found in the Indianapolis Colts in the just-released 2023 regular season schedule.

No games on Thursday nights, Sunday nights or Monday nights either during the regular season.

However, two games have times to be determined.

News 8’s Andrew Chernoff says key dates for the Colts are the home opener Sept. 10 against Jacksonville, the Nov. 5 afternoon game at Carolina against former Colts head coach Frank Reich, and the previously announced game against the Patriots in Germany.

To finish the season, both games will be at at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here is the Colts schedule:

Single-game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Tune in to News 8’s “Daybreak” at 7 a.m. Friday as a Colts spokesman and team mascot Blue visit to talk about the 2023 schedule. Viewers can watch it online live.

Preseason schedule

In the preseason, the Colts will open play on the road at Buffalo for the second consecutive season. That game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

The second preseason contest will be 7 p.m. Aug. 19, a Saturday night, against Chicago at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The final preseason game will be 8 p.m. Aug. 24, a Thursday night, at Philadelphia.

(Image Provided/Indianapolis Colts via Twitter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Colts will face the New England Patriots in Germany this upcoming season.

The Indianapolis Colts will be heading to Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday, Nov. 12 as a part of the NFL International Series. It will mark the Colts’ second time participating in the series and their second regular season game outside of the U.S.

The team made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday morning.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts want other NFL teams to know they consider contacting former quarterback Andrew Luck or his representatives to be tampering.

Team owner Jim Irsay made it clear in a Twitter post late Sunday night following a weekend report from ESPN that the Washington Commanders attempted to find out in 2022 whether the four-time Pro Bowler would consider making a comeback.

Luck retired abruptly in August 2019 at age 29 with three years left on his contract. Irsay even allowed Luck to keep the full $24.8 million in bonus money instead of trying to collect some of that money.

So Irsay responded with a warning.

“If any NFL Team attempted to contact Andrew Luck (or any associate of him)… to play for their Franchise — it would be a clear Violation of the League’s Tampering Policy,” Irsay wrote.

A message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from the NFL was not immediately returned.

Luck has shown no indication he wants to play again and when he returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the college football championship game in early 2022, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012 appeared to have slimmed down significantly from his playing weight of 240 pounds.

He’s shown no interest in making a comeback even as the Colts spent years searching for Luck’s replacement.

Whomever starts this year’s season opener will be the seventh different starter in seven years for Indy.

The report came less than two weeks after Indy drafted former Florida star Anthony Richardson with the No. 4 overall pick, hopeful he’ll be the new franchise quarterback.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Colts announced Friday that they have released former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles won MVP of Super Bowl LII after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the Eagles’ first championship. Foles took over starting duties after Eagles starting QB (and former Colts starting QB) Carson Wentz suffered a mid-season ACL tear. The former Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback bounced around the league before arriving with the Colts in 2022.

Foles served as the third-string quarterback behind starter Matt Ryan and second-string quarterback Sam Ehlinger, but he was thrust into action after the poor play of both quarterbacks ahead of him. Foles was named starter for the team’s week 16 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, where he threw for 143 yards and three interceptions. He was named starter again for the team’s week 17 matchup against the New York Giants, where he threw for 83 yards, 1 interception, and left the game with an injury in the second quarter.

Foles ended the season with 0 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 224 passing yards, and a 34.3 passer rating.