OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo’s latest star — Peyton the Penguin, named for Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning — is taking to social media for Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
The newborn rockhopper penguin got his name after the city and the Nebraska Tourism Commission took note of Manning’s repeated use of “Omaha” at the line of scrimmage. Fans can expect to hear him yell, “Omaha! Omaha!” just as often when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the championship Super Bowl matchup.
Now, Manning’s namesake penguin has become “a bit of a celebrity,” zoo director Dennis Pate says.
Zoo officials say Peyton the Penguin is eagerly awaiting the big game on Sunday and will be posting his thoughts and comments about it over the next several days.