The tribute remains on a rock on the end of Inman Field just off Washington Street.
Its situated behind a goal post opposite the scoreboard, just to the left of the home grand stand that still has green-color ballons tied around it from the night before.
It was homecoming at Vincennes Lincoln High School, a major event for any high institution but more so for this high school. Alumni from all the way back to the 1930's attend a celebration which features a parade littered with floats from past and present.
On Saturday even more gathered at the the Country Club of Old Vincennes about a mile down the road from Inman field, hoping to raise money for the school district. While focused on the many who came back to town for the festivities, their minds were on another.
He'll the guy with name on the rock-one of just three-and he's a little occupied this weekend.
The start has been the main storyline of the team since head coach Jim Caldwell declared the Painter would start in place of Kerry Collins, who remains hampered by concussion-like symptoms. It's only the third starter at quarterback for the Colts since 1998-when Peyton Manning began his 208 consecutive game streak that ended this season.
"It's about time to see it," said Vincennes resident Barb Toole. "Its just something to look up to and I think he's gonna show us all how much he does have inside and he plays with heart."
Level-headedness might be a more common description of the quarterback who set a number of records during his time with the Alices. In three seasons as the starter, Painter threw for 4,946 yards with 49 passing and 17 rushing touchdowns.
He earned All-State honors and a scholarship to Purdue, but was often hailed for his ability to prevent severe highs and lows.
"He wasn't a boisterous kid, he just did what the coaches wanted him to do," said longtime WZDM-FM football commentator Pat Hutchinson, who was on the call for every game Painter played in high school. "Nothing bad you could say about him, he's just a great young man."
Negative comments on the quarterback, however, have come the quarterbacks way since leaving Vincennes, which first began during his seasons at Purdue. Replacing popular quarterback Kyle Orton, Painter passed for 11,163 passing yards with 67 touchdowns compared to 46 interceptions.
Often, however, he was critized for his failure to beat teams ranked in the Top 25 polls or to lead the Boilermakers to a major bowl game.
"What I appreciate about him the best is that he takes a lot of shots from a lot of people but he never retorts in a way that's negative toward anyone," said Combs of Painter handling criticism. "He goes out, he does what he's supposed to do in terms of preparation."
More has come since joining the Colts in 2009 as the backup for Peyton Manning. His only appearance that season came against the Jets in December, when the 14-0 Colts decided to rest Manning and bring Painter in to finish the game. He threw and interception and lost a fumble that became a New York touchdown that ended the Colts' perfect season.
In 2011 it appeared he would get a chance to start right from the beginning, but enough skepticism about his skills dictated the Colts to sign Kerry Collins instead.
"We kinda take in personal when we hear some of the bad things that have been said about him," said former Lincoln Athletic Director David Hill. "He's a kid that's been thrown into a situation that was out of his hands but he's handled it with great poise and composure.
"I'm sure given some time and some patience he's gonna be a fine quarterback."
According to many of those clad in green this weekend around Washington Street, that might come on Monday night.
"I personally don't think he's been given a fair shot," said Vincennes resident Cathy Lindsey on Painter. "I just have a lot of confidence in him that Monday he's going to prove himself and win the confidence of the NFL."
At least for now, he has it in Vincennes. The Rock would say it so.