Storeowner has a tight bond with Manning

Posted at 10:46 AM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 11:46:54-05

It may be safe to say Peyton Manning has a bit of a thing for the city of Omaha. His famous snap count pays tribute.


With Manning playing in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, it means more exposure for the city.


Larry Richling, owner of Fairmont Antiques and Hollywood Candy, has a tighter bond with Manning than most around here.


Nestled in the back of the print shop, is an envelope and a photograph from the quarterback himself.


"It kinda blesses our print shop back here," Richling said, holding up and autographed photo of the Broncos quarterback.


During the winter of 2015, his print shop sold greeting cards, and the store made one to honor Manning's famous phrase.


"We put the thing together with the 'Omaha, Omaha, Omaha' theme," he said, "we thought that looked pretty cool."


Richling sent one to Manning--a "thank you" for the business.


The first week of January, mail arrived from Denver, Colorado, addressed to Richling.


"Opened it up, and sure enough, there was an autographed picture to me, from him, saying 'all the best, Peyton Manning, number 18.'," Richling said.


Super Bowl 50 is rumored to be Peyton Manning's final game. Sunday may be the final time Manning yells 'Omaha'.


"It would have been, I thought, a little bit cooler on the picture if he would have written 'Omaha, Omaha, Omaha' on the autographed picture," Richling said, "but you can't ask for everything, you know, we did get this back."


A gift from the man, who brought Omaha, a city without a national football team, all the way to the Super Bowl.