Peyton Manning may not step up to the plate in the playoffs as of late (His record in the playoffs is a dismal 11-13), but, that doesn’t stop him from being an honorable professional athlete.
|Kristen Patterson with her husband
Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson met
Peyton Manning before the
Broncos-Bengals, Dec. 22, 2014.
Everyone knows that being a diehard Chargers fan (yes, they exist), it is natural to dislike any opposing players in the AFC West division. Ever since the Broncos divisional loss to the Colts and John Fox leaving the team, questions about Manning’s retirement have been a hot topic. While I’d enjoy not seeing Peyton on the field in orange and blue, it’s hard to say this guy is a bad guy. Putting that hatred aside, I came upon a story about Peyton Manning that makes me think he’s good for football.
Kristen Patterson wrote a letter to Peyton Manning about her husband Ryan’s love for number 18. She didn’t expect to hear back from him but insisted if he could just say hello to Ryan, she would be the coolest wife in the world. Ryan Patterson is an Army sergeant for the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and he is stationed in the North Pole of Alaska. Manning’s people had trouble tracking them down because Kristen forgot to leave any contact information.
Once Manning tracked them down, he invited them for a one-on-one meeting before a December game in their home state of Ohio. According to the Indy Star, Manning met with the Pattersons at the Broncos’ team hotel, talked some football, played with their daughter and then thanked him for his service. An opportunity that Ryan and his wife won’t soon forget.
Football needs good stories and positive role models that our children can look up to. While his retirement may come this season, it’d be a loss for the football world because he’s just a nice guy with a good image.