Peyton had four pairs of hightop black shoes made which he planned to wear in the September 15, 2002 game as a tribute to former Colts QB Johnny Unitas. He made a formal request to the NFL to be allowed to wear black shoes. Unfortunately, he was not allowed by the NFL to wear them. The NFL threatened to fine Peyton with $25,000 if he wore the shoes. According to Peyton, he would have gladly paid the fine but didn't wish to honor Unitas by breaking an NFL rule.