I'm utterly bummed about Reggie. I was at the game and sat right in front (literally, right in front) of Reggie's mom, dad and two little sons. Gary Brackett (former linebacker and defensive captain during our SB year) is good friends with the whole family and was with them. It was tough to see their entire mood change when Reggie went down and it was almost surreal to kind of be in that "bubble" with his family.....the entire stadium started chanting "Reggie, Reggie" and I wouldn't be surprised if it broke KC's volume record. I turned around and saw his dad shed a tear and that was both tough and surreal to see. The father of a legend (if you are a Colts fan and live in Indy, you understand this) crying partly due to his son's injury and partly due to tens of thousands of fans chanting his name. Crazy. And to top it off, you could see how worried Peyton was while he was inching his way out onto the field to get a little closer to his old pal.
Reggie's mom and Gary left to go see him in the locker room while his dad stayed there with his two grandkids. It's hard to explain but it was cool being one on one with Reggie's dad during that time. I talked to him a bit and before leaving once the game was over we shook his hands and he gave me the most genuine "thank you" I think I've ever received.
I've been to a lot of games at Lucas Oil Stadium, including SB XLVI. The atmosphere at this game was insane and I highly doubt another game will compare to it. The tribute to Manning and watching him nearly shed a tear (I'm pretty sure he did, watch the video), the noise, the DEFENSE.....it was awesome. I was worried that the crowd would be on 18's side for most of the game but once his tribute was up, it was all blue. Over the years, Peyton had trained Indy to be nearly silent while the offense was on the field and I think that made the home crowd all the louder during this game. Winning this game definitely solidified a tough decision during what has been an all-around emotional couple years around here for Colts fans.
And to top it off, Gary Brackett photobombed a picture of my girlfriend and I. That's getting framed and going in the basement (football man cave). The only way it would've been better is if I could've met Marvin and Edge. I would've probably died.
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