Peyton Manning's 2011 season has been lost to his neck injury, and his NFL future has been called into doubt for the same reason. When his Indianapolis Colts traveled to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots, Manning received polite support from an unexpected source, according to Boston.com's Greg Bedard: Patriots fans.
Apparently, while Manning was signing pregame autographs, New England fans took the opportunity to offer some well-wishes. Manning told Bedard:
"These Patriots fans, who obviously while I’m playing through the years, like good fans, they make it tough on the opposing quarterback. "But they were sincere about, ‘Hey, I hope you get back. We miss seeing you out there. Sorry you’re not playing this game.’ So it was classy. I was real appreciative."Manning was recently cleared to advance to the next step in his rehab, although it is unclear when he would be in NFL shape. The Colts are 0-11 this season without Manning.