DENVER, CO (WATE) – Even during a grueling training camp, Peyton Manning seems to always find time to make a young fan’s day.
On Sunday, the former University of Tennessee quarterback pulled two young fans out of the crowd to throw the football with him. Yet Yang, 11, and Eric Vue, 12 played some fade routes with Demaryius Thomas acting as cornerback.
“I wanted to go over and run a couple routes with Peyton. And I see Peyton going over to the sideline to get two kids to come out and catch,” said Thomas. He said once he showed the two kids how to run a fade route he was able to go out and catch a touchdown.
Denver Broncos Digital Media Contributor Christine Williamson talked with the two kids after practice. “It was awesome, since he pulled us two out of the crowd. Out of every single kid he could have picked, he grabbed us two from the front row,” said the 12-year-old. his younger brother said his favorite part of the day was getting to make a touchdown with Thomas and catch a pass from Manning.
“So I was a DB. One scored on me,” said Thomas. “He had the 88 jersey on, of course, and the other had the 18 – he probably should have been the one throwing the pass because I know if Peyton tried to get out and catch a fade route, it probably wouldn’t have been the best thing, but the kid wanted to run a different route. He wanted to run a slant so he ran the slant. He made a touchdown with the 18 jersey, but 88 ran the fade again, scored a touchdown.”
Both kids agreed Peyton Manning was their favorite part of training camp. Vue said that while this is his first year playing football, he’s been a Broncos fan since before he could walk.
Sunday wasn’t the first time Manning has taken time out of his busy schedule to help the community. After 5 servicemen were killed during a shooting in Chattanooga, the Dever Broncos quarterback established the Chattanooga Heroes Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who were wounded in the tragic shootings on July 16.
In June Manning honored the birthday of a teen who was killed by a suspected drunk driver with a hand written letter to the family. He’s also been a long-time supporter of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.