Omaha zoo names baby penguin after Peyton Manning
JAN 21, 2014 1:57p ET
Peyton Manning certainly gained some fans in Omaha throughout the past week and now he can add arguably the most adorable one to that growing list.
The Denver Broncos quarterback uttered “Omaha” over 40 times in the team’s AFC Divisonal round win over the San Diego Chargers, and the Nebraska city is basking in all of the unexpected attention. Omaha can’t thank Manning enough for all of the free advertising, and five businesses in the Nebraska city even pledged to donate $500 to Manning’s charity for every “Omaha” he yelled at the line of scrimmage against the New England Patriots. Manning ended up raising over $24,000.
The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha has also jumped on the Manning bandwagon, choosing to name a rockhopper penguin chick after the quarterback.
“I think the whole world knows how much Nebraskans love football,” Omaha Zoo Director Dennis Pate said in a press release. “It’s fun to hear such a great quarterback chanting out our largest city’s name hundreds of times per game. We get a kick out of it and are happy for Peyton and his team.”
Meet Peyton the penguin below.