Peyton Manning visits troops in Afghanistan

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.