Students at a Colorado school district may be excited about the upcoming debut of Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos' new quarterback, but they are banned from wearing the NFL star's number 18 jersey to class.
A dress code imposed by school officials in Greeley, Colorado prohibits students and staff members from wearing clothing that may be associated with gang activity - including the number 18, which could refer to the Los-Angeles-based 18th Street gang.
The ban went virtually unnoticed until this week when third-grader Konnor Vanatta wore his orange Manning replica jersey to school in Greeley, about 50 miles northeast of Denver.
"They told me I couldn't wear 18 anymore because it's a gang number and I had to take it off," he told a Denver television station.
The Broncos open their regular season schedule on Sunday night at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team they defeated in last year's playoffs.