A great day for Colorado, the Rockies and for Todd Helton and his family as the #17 Jersey was retired in Helton’s honor. He is the first player to have his jersey retired in the 22 year history of the baseball team.

His wife Christy and his two daughters shared the sentiment as he addressed the crowd, “Thank you all so much. What a great turnout. I’m proud to say I’m a Colorado Rockie for life. There’s no greater honor for me than having my number retired from the team that I put my heart and soul into.”

His former roommate at Tennessee, Peyton Manning, shared that, “”It’s a tremendous honor I think for any athlete, but I think it means a great deal to a player that played his entire career here — that was all in for the state of Colorado and the city of Denver. Todd is the ultimate Colorado Rockie and so to have his No. 17 retired, it’s obviously a no-brainer. I think it’s special for the Rockies organization and all the Rockies fans that Todd was truly part of them for his entire career.”

His long-time agent, Mike Moye, along with Mike’s wife Sharon, joined in the celebration that included the Rockies unveiling a plaque bearing Helton’s No. 17 on the facade of the second-deck railing next to one bearing the initials of Keli S. McGregor, the Rockies’ late president, and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.

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MLB.com August 17, 2014