OMAHA, Neb. (CBS4) – CBS4’s Jeff Todd is driving across the country on his way to the Super Bowl and made a stop in Omaha, Neb. where met a special penguin on Monday.
In the area farthest east of Nebraska Todd thought he would find some Kansas City Chiefs fans, but as it turns out, it’s Broncos country.
So much so that one of the newest penguins at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was named Peyton after Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
“His one month birthday is today. He was born just after Christmas on the 27th and he’s about 1,000 grams now,” said zoo spokesman Dennis Pate.
Pate said they had to find a way to say “thank you” to Manning for calling out “Omaha” so much when making his calls during games.
“He mentioned it 30 or 40 times and the value to us here in tourism is just incredible and it’s one of the best ways that we can say thanks,” said Pate.
Pate feels Peyton the penguin will really help out the tourism, especially during summertime.
“The name is out there in ways that just haven’t been seen before,” said Pate.
He told Todd that he chose Manning over Eric Decker because he feels Peyton’s name is synonymous with winning and Denver football.
The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.