Manning sends letter to grieving family

New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning smiles during a news conference at the NFL Denver Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

On the day Logan Brown would have turned 16, his family received a special birthday present.

A big Peyton Manning fan from Indiana, Brown was killed in March by a drunk driver. His grandmother, Gayle Rickets, wrote a letter to Manning sharing Brown’s story but not really expecting anything in return.

“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.”

BY 247SPORTS.COM

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