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Peyton Manning sends letter to family of teen killed by drunk driver

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning provided a much-needed dose of warmth and compassion to the family of a teenager killed by a drunk driver earlier this year, sending them a handwritten letter and an autographed photo in the boy’s memory for those left grieving over a life tragically ended much too soon.

Logan Brown, of Evansville, Ind., was killed in an accident in March that was caused by a drunk driver who was allegedly four times over the legal limit. Tuesday would have been his 16th birthday, and his family received a surprising gift from the Broncos quarterback in honor of what would have been a special day in the youngster’s life.

The sequence of events were set in motion when Gayle Ricketts, Logan’s grandmother, sent Manning a letter to share her grandson’s story and how the quarterback was the teen’s favorite player.

“As a grandmother I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life,” she told 14News.

But to have Manning actually take the time to respond in such a thoughtful manner left Ricketts so amazed she couldn’t open the package, instead having Logan’s father, Charles Brown, come over to do it.

“It blew me away,” she said. “I called Charles when the letter came. I didn’t even open it. I called Charles to come over. I said the Broncos answered me.”

Logan’s grandmother says  Logan remained a huge fan of Manning despite the fact his career took him out of Indiana and to Colorado. She added that the family planned to take Logan to a Broncos game but that opportunity was tragically lost.

“When he was little we took him to a football game,” she said. “That’s when he first really liked Peyton and then when Peyton moved to the Broncos, he kind of deserted the Colts.”

Brown praised Manning for a simple act that meant more than the quarterback could possibly imagine.

“To take the time to send something back to a situation in Evansville, Indiana that he probably doesn’t know anything about,” he said. “It’s important to see that they’re humans and for these other kids to see you never forget where you come from.”

“And I know Logan is up there looking down. He’s smiling. I think he will be happy,” his grandmother added.

[FOX Sports, image courtesy of of 14News]