EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Broncos quarterback helped lift the spirits of an Indiana family this week by sending a gift to mark the birthday of one of his fans who was killed earlier this year by a drunk driver.
Logan Brown would have been 16 on Tuesday, but he died in a head-on collision with another car driven by a man whose blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit.
Logan’s grandmother, Gayle Ricketts, later wrote to Manning to share Logan’s story.
“As a grandmother, I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life,” Ricketts told told WFIE.
On Tuesday, a package arrived from Manning. Inside was a handwritten letter and an autographed photo of Manning with “In memory of Logan Allen Brown” and his signature on it.
Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts for 13 seasons before the team released him in 2012. The Broncos picked him up and he has led them to three straight AFC West titles and Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014.
“It blew me away,” Ricketts told WFIE. “I called Charles [Brown, Logan’s father] when the letter came. I didn’t even open it. I called Charles to come over. I said, ‘The Broncos answered me.'”The family was grateful for the gesture by Manning.
“And I know Logan is up there looking down. He’s smiling. I think he will be happy,” Ricketts said.