Peyton Manning makes surprise visit to Gateway High School

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Peyton Manning surprise visit to Aurora Gateway H.S

Peyton Manning surprise visit to Aurora Gateway H.S Photo: Denver Broncos

AURORA, Colo. — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made a surprise visit to Gateway High School in Aurora Tuesday where he brought a lot of smiles and laughter to juniors and seniors.

He appeared on behalf of his charitable organization, the Peyback Foundation. It started supporting youth-based organizations in Colorado this year.

Manning is very much aware of the challenges Gateway’s students and staff faced last summer after the massacre at the Aurora Century 16 theaters.

Gateway is less than a mile away from the theater complex and it served as the gathering place when the shootings happened.

A story on the Aurora Public Schools website about Manning’s visit says when asked by students what his favorite high school memory was, Manning reminisced about being a sophomore and playing on the same team as his older brother.

“We got to high school and got to play on the same team together,” Manning said. “That was really a special year.”

Besides speaking and taking questions, Manning tossed some footballs to several students in the crowded gymnasium.

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