Peyton Manning isn’t the only one returning to play his former team this weekend.
Tight end Jacob Tamme spent four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He doesn’t even know where the visitors’ locker room is located inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I think when you get on the bus to go—you go to a place so many times as a home player, you go in as a visitor,” Tamme said. “I have no idea where the visitor’s locker room is. I’m about to find out. I’ll be glad to go find out and go try to get a win as a visitor.”
Tamme had the best year of his career in 2010 with 67 receptions for 631 yards and four touchdowns.
He joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent just days after Manning signed with the team. Their first year back together had them in different colors, but they maintained that Colt connection. Tamme had 52 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
A quad injury in training camp kept him on the sideline, and that’s when Julius Thomas emerged as the star tight end.
Now, Tamme is making his mark on special teams and in the occasional two tight end package.
The downgraded role doesn’t mean that he isn’t going to enjoy the trip “home.”
“It’s a fun week,” Tamme said. “It really is. Obviously, it’s a big deal—[QB] Peyton [Manning] going back. I spent four years there, four good years. I have a lot of friends there and a lot of good memories. It’s going to be a fun week.”