Many of Peyton Manning’s fans may not have known their idol and superstar NFL quarterback is a prolific writer — of hand-written letters, that is.
Manning’s practice of penning his thoughts in the traditional way of hand-writing letters has now been celebrated in a Gatorade commercial.
The commercial features Payton’s dad, brother, and many others who’ve been recipients of Manning’s expressions of gratitude, well-wishes, and sometime condolences.
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While past articles featured the QB’s letter-writing skills and practices (for example, in 2015, he mailed some words to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu to congratulate them on their retirement from the NFL), the Gatorade commercial seemed to celebrate his pen and paper habit.
USA Today wrote the video featured, “Peyton’s brother Eli, his dad Archie, his ex-teammate Jeff Saturday, his ex-coach Tony Dungy, Derek Jeter and others all reading their notes out loud.”
And in separate videos expounding on Manning’s letter writing practices, others can be heard reading their letters and describing what receiving a Manning letter meant to them. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was even featured in one of the videos, his first on-screen appearance since he was diagnosed and treated for throat cancer.
Mortensen said in one of the videos, “Peyton’s a very thoughtful person, I think there isn’t a word he uses that he hasn’t contemplated. I know Peyton through Archie, Archie and I are actually closer to the same age, but it’s funny, I’ve watched him ever since he was a kid to now, after 18 years in the NFL and all those years. Eighteen years, think about it.”
Mortensen went further and explained what getting a phone call meant to him, “It was in a phone call, to be honest with you, when he called me to tell me he was retiring. He was going to have a press conference. He asked me if I could just sit on the news so he could have one last night as an NFL quarterback. It was nice that he thought of me and that he could trust me.”
All seven of the #DearPeyton video tributes, created by Gatorade, can be seen by clicking here.
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