● This helmet was worn by Peyton throughout his First MVP Season from games played in September 2003 until the AFC Championship vs. the Patriots in January 2004.
● Believed to be the only helmet Manning wore throughout his entire MVP season. It was the 1st MVP Season of his career.
● The helmet was worn in what Peyton described as the favorite game of his spectacular career. On October 6, 2003, Monday Night Football, Peyton Manning rallied the Colts from a 35-14 deficit with four minutes left in regulation, sending the game into overtime and ultimately prevailing in overtime.With the win, the Colts became the first team in NFL history to win a game after trailing by 21 points in the final 4 minutes. Manning was wearing this very helmet on that historic night.
● The NFL included the above game on their list of “NFL 100 Greatest Games” (#65).
● This item sold at auction for $22,800 in May 2021 when it was photomatched to just one game (vs. Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round on January 11, 2004). Since then, the helmet has been conclusively photomatched to 10 games, including Manning’s favorite game of his career. Given spacing of games, many collectors consider it likely to have been worn for the entirety of his 2003-04 season MVP season. In addition, since then, Peyton Manning’s debut jersey sold for $348,000, becoming the highest priced football jersey of all-time.
● The helmet was also worn in Manning’s first postseason clash, and the start of an epic rivalry, with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
● Authenticated and photomatched by MeiGray and Sports Investors Authentication.
● It has been photomatched to the following games:
September 7, 2003 @ Cleveland
September 14, 2003 vs Tennessee
October 6, 2003 @ Tampa Bay
November 2, 2003 @ Miami
November 9, 2003 @ Jacksonville
November 23, 2003 @ Buffalo
December 21, 2003 vs Denver
December 28, 2003 @ Houston
January 11, 2004 vs Kansas City - AFC Divisional Playoff Game
January 18, 2004 vs New England - AFC Championship Game
● Manning was recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.