Penguin chick named for Manning

LINCOLN, NE (January 19, 2014)- With the Bronco's recent success and the buzz about Peyton Manning's frequent use of the word Omaha, Nebraska Tourism wanted to do something to thank Mr. Manning for all of the shout-outs. After much thought about what would be an appropriate way to thank Peyton, Nebraska Tourism reached out to one of our partners to name something very special after the amazing quarterback. What is it?

It's not a bridge, or a building, or a stadium, a forest or a museum….

It's a cute little penguin chick that hatched on December 27, 2013 and currently weighs 1.26 pounds at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Zoo Director Dennis Pate commented, "When Nebraska Tourism reached out to us about this idea, we thought it would be a really "cool" way to say thanks to Mr. Manning for using the word Omaha in his pre-snap chants. We hope that Mr. Manning and his family will consider coming to Nebraska to say hi to his namesake sometime in the near future."

"I think the whole world knows how much Nebraskan's love football, so it's fun to hear such a great quarterback chanting out our largest city's name hundreds of times per game. We get a kick out of it and are happy for Peyton and his team. We wish them continued success in all that they do," commented Nebraska Tourism's Executive Director, Kathy McKillip.

To view a video of the baby penguin chick go to

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, located at Nebraska's I-80, Exit 454, is ranked the Number 1 Zoo in the United States by TripAdvisor. Open daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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