Peyton Manning has grown sentimental within these last two years in persevering through a round of four potential career-ending surgeries. As he has done throughout his entire career, more so as of late, he has handwritten several correspondences in response to the countless fan letters he receives, including the following:
To Chris Harris, widow of David Harris, a pastor in Arkansas who was killed in a car accident along with his granddaughter Maci: “I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4). I learned that Pastor Harris was an avid Colts fan and had an autographed picture of me in his office. I read an article about Pastor Harris, and I can tell he was very special. Maci sounded very special as well. I am proud that he was a fan of mine. May God’s peace be with you.”
As the Sports Illustrated article notes, Peyton is a “son of the genteel South.” Such anecdotes and sentiments have only strengthened my appreciation for the way Archie Manning has raised his sons.