DENVER — Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been known throughout his career for writing letters to teammates, family, friends and fans.
Several times during his 18-year career, Manning wrote heartfelt, thank you letters, condolence and messages of support.
Some became public, but most did not.
But on the day of the NFL Draft, 18 years after Manning was taken with the No. 1 overall pick, Gatorade created a series of videos with the letter recipients reading the letters from Manning.
“It’s been an honor to have called you a teammate for 13 years,” former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday reads after he retired. “To play as long as you did, and at such a high level is incredible.”
“It was an honor to play with you in Indy, and again in Denver,” former receiver Brandon Stokely read.
The readers include Manning’s brother Eli after he was drafted, a letter to a couple of their son died and to ESPN commentator Chris Mortensen, who is battling cancer.
Gatorade worked with the Manning family to engage those featured. The tribue is set to an instrumental cover of Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic, “The Times They Are a-Changin.'”
View the seven videos on Gatorade’s YouTube page.