GREELEY, Colo. — The NFL didn’t let a district-wide ban on the quarterback’s jersey prevent them sending 1,000 Peyton Manning t-shirts to a Greeley school last week. After initially accepting the gift, the district considered giving them back.
The reason? The Greeley Tribune reported that Greeley-Evans School District 6 administrators weren’t so keen on reigniting a controversy that started earlier this month.
It all began when a Monfort Elementary third grader was forced to take off a Peyton Manning jersey due to a ban that the school district has such apparel — a ban prevents the wearing of anything with Manning’s No. 18 on it. When pressed for the reason behind the ban, the district said insignia with that number is often worn by gang members in the area.
Just weeks after that district policy became national news, the NFL sent 1,000 orange Nike t-shirts to Northridge High School with the words “Peyton Knows” printed on them.
District Superintendent Ranelle Lang waffled on whether or not to accept the gift.
At first, Lang ruled the shirts were OK because there were no numbers on them. Then she momentarily decided to send the shirts back, according to the Tribune. But by Tuesday afternoon, Lang changed her mind once again and decided the Nike t-shirts would be distributed to the Northridge students after all.