On the day Logan Brown would have turned 16, his family received a special birthday present.
“As a grandmother I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life,” Ricketts told WFIE TV in Indianapolis.
On Brown’s birthday Tuesday, the grieving family received a package. It was from Manning, and it included an autographed picture that said “In Memory of Logan Allen Brown” and a hand-written letter describing how honored he was that Brown was such a big fan.
“It blew me away,” Ricketts said. “I called Charles (Brown’s father) when the letter came. I didn’t even open it. I called Charles to come over. I said the Broncos answered me.”
Brown’s family took him to a Colts game when he was younger, and that’s when he became a major Manning supporter. When Manning joined the Broncos, Brown’s allegiances went to Denver as well. The family’s plan was to eventually take Brown to a Broncos game.
Although Brown wasn’t there to enjoy the present from Manning, it meant the world to his family.
“And I know Logan is up there looking down,” Ricketts said. “He’s smiling. I think he will be happy.”