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Rockies' Todd Helton Offers To Talk With Peyton Manning About QB's Future

Years ago, before he was a star first baseman winning National League batting titles, Todd Helton was a quarterback at the University of Tennessee. Believe it or not, he even started for the Volunteers at one point in front of Peyton Manning.

Now, with Helton in a starring role on the Colorado Rockies and Manning reportedly hearing a sales pitch from the Denver Broncos, Helton said he'd be open to talking with Manning about his future.

“First, I have to see where Peyton’s at,” Helton told the Denver Post. “If it came down to the Broncos and another team, I would probably talk to him.”

Helton, now 38, was a junior at Tennessee in 1994 when injuries derailed his season and Manning, then a freshman, took over under center. Nearly two decades later, the two athletes remain friends, and they even briefly worked out together on the Duke campus this winter.

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Helton wasn't at all surprised to hear that Manning, 36, would be continuing his NFL career after multiple neck surgeries and his release from the Indianapolis Colts.