Greeley school gives out Manning shirts despite previous ban

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GREELEY, Colo. -- Less than a month after becoming the talk of the nation for banning students from wearing Peyton Manning's No. 18 jersey, one Weld County school is now showing off their Broncos spirit.

Thanks to a donation from sportswear giant Nike, Northridge High School distributed out over 300 Peyton Manning shirts during a Saturday night football game.

"There's no number 18 on here, it’s just a play off of 'Bo Knows' from the 80s," said Michelle Mauch, cheerleading coach for Greeley's Northridge High School.

The shirt, which is not a Broncos jersey, became the talk of the town after the district considered sending the donation back to Nike to avoid controversy. For the last several years, Weld County Schools in Greeley have banned students from wearing the numbers 13,14,18,31,41, and 81 because of gang affiliations.

KDVR.com broke the story in early September, which brought the district into the national spotlight after the school system defended their policy which stopped a third grader from showing off his number 18 Manning jersey.

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