Logan Brown, 15, was killed in March by a drunk driver going the wrong way on a highway that collided head-on with the car he was riding in. Tuesday would have been his 16th birthday, so Manning sent his family a gift.
Brown, a high school football player, grew up idolizing Manning and even started rooting for the Broncos after Manning left the Colts.
“To take the time to send something back to a situation in Evansville, Ind. that he probably doesn't know anything about,” Brown father, Charles, told WFIE. “It's important to see that they're humans and for these other kids to see you never forget where you come from.”
Manning learned of Brown's story after the teen's grandmother, Gayle Ricketts, wrote Manning a letter.
“As a grandmother, I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life,” Ricketts said.
- Dan Gartland