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Peyton Manning visits troops in Afghanistan

Peyton Manning AP

A year ago at this time, quarterback Peyton Manning was getting ready to be set free by the Colts.  This year, he was visiting the men and women who help secure our collective freedom.

(Hey, it’s late and that’s the best I could come up with.)

Manning recently visited American troops at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.  A first-hand account was written by Sgt. Bryan A. Peterson for DenverBroncos.com.

Manning was joined on the trip by former Colts receiver Austin Collie, Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson, and Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen.

After Manning threw a few passes to troops, he gave Major General W. Lee Miller an autographed football.

“I want you to have this football to remind you guys we are thinking about you and praying for y’all to return safely,” Manning said.

Manning has since returned safely.  And he’ll likely soon be mimicking the officers he saw overseas when getting his teammates together for workouts in advance of the now-limited offseason program.

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12 Responses to “Peyton Manning visits troops in Afghanistan”
  1. jers10 says: Mar 3, 2013 12:18 AM

    He got soul, but he’s not a soldier

  2. sperminat0r says: Mar 3, 2013 3:55 AM

    I am not a fan of P. Manning as a Denver QB, but I admire him as a person. Bless you Manning.

  3. BigBeachBall says: Mar 3, 2013 4:36 AM

    Afc west belongs to the chargers… Always has, always will….

  4. liamstretch says: Mar 3, 2013 5:10 AM

    Great to swe this kind of thing. The troops from America are thought of highley.

    You would never catch a soccer player from this country (England) doing anything like this for our troops.

  5. The Savant Chronicles says: Mar 3, 2013 6:03 AM

    No matter how you might feel about Peyton as a player or human being, this was a classy move. I’m of the opinion that the members of our nation’s armed forces, past and present, are grossly under-appreciated these days.

    On a side note, Adrian Peterson should probably be sent on the next USO tour, maybe for a friendly scrimmage with some of the guys in uniform. The fundamentalists/insurgents would probably surrender out of unmitigated fear…

  6. njkid says: Mar 3, 2013 6:16 AM

    Always a class act nice job Payton.

  7. dexterismyhero says: Mar 3, 2013 8:07 AM

    General Manning!!!!

  8. mikebrownmustdie says: Mar 3, 2013 8:32 AM

    not surprised at all, he’s just a class act…

  9. mikebrownmustdie says: Mar 3, 2013 8:39 AM

    hats off to everybody who takes the time and risks to do that actually…

  10. wnstonchill says: Mar 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    Peyton Manning is simply a class act. When his name is in the news, it’s always because he’s doing something positive in life. He’s a great leader on the field, and a great leader off the field!

  11. bucrightoff says: Mar 3, 2013 9:54 AM

    Meanwhile Joe Flacco swims in tubs of money in his free time and prays God keeps answering his miracle toss ups.

  12. SilentMajority says: Mar 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I wish more stories like this would be reported on. The entire cynacle side of sports is wearing after a while. You can keep your Teo stories, I’d rather read something like this…

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