Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sent an autographed photo of himself in the mail to the family of Logan Brown, a 15-year-old Indiana teen who was killed in a car crash in March, on June 23.
Peyton Manning is not one to forget birthdays.
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The Denver Broncos quarterback sent a handwritten letter and an autographed photo of himself to the family of Logan Brown, a 15-year-old Evansville, Indiana teen who was killed in a car crash three months ago, on his birthday on June 23, per 14News.com's Natalie Russell.
Manning was one of Brown's favorite NFL players. Manning wrote in the letter he felt honored, per Russell.
Brown's grandmother, Gayle Ricketts, told 14News.com she will send Manning a letter narrating Brown's life story:
"As a grandmother I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life.
"It blew me away. I called Charles (Brown, Logan's father) when the letter came. I didn't even open it. I called Charles to come over. I said the Broncos answered me.
"When he was little we took him to a football game. That's when he first really liked Peyton and then when Peyton moved to the Broncos, he kind of deserted the (Indianapolis) Colts.
"And I know Logan is up there looking down. He's smiling. I think he will be happy."
Since the day the Broncos signed Manning, Brown's family had planned on bringing him to a live game but it never materialized, per Russell.
For his part, Charles Brown told 14News.com he's grateful to Manning for taking the time to make the kind gesture:
"To take the time to send something back to a situation in Evansville, Indiana that he probably doesn't know anything about.
"It's important to see that they're humans and for these other kids to see you never forget where you come from."
According to a separate 14News.com update, Brown, a student at Reitz High School in Evansville, was a passenger in a Hyundai Tiburon which was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee at 10:35 p.m. on March 15. Three other people were injured in the collision.
Authorities identified the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee as 38-year-old Michael Neil Gann, who drove on the southbound lane in the northbound lanes of University Parkway, per 14News.com.
Michael Neil Gann is a repeat offender / killer with no regard for the safety of others. A 2-12 year sentence is not justice. Should be 25+.— ZP (@MyMorningZachet) March 18, 2015
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told 14News.com Gann's blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit. Gann was taken to Deaconess Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The driver of the Hyundai, 16-year-old Kurt Michael Osborne and one of his passengers, 16-year-old Hannah Nicole Miller, were also taken to the same hospital for sustaining life-threatening injuries, per 14News.com.
A 911 call said one of the vehicles involved in the fatal car crash was on fire. When authorities arrived, they extinguished the flames before extracting the occupants of both vehicles, per 14News.com.
Wedding told 14News.com overspeeding has been ruled out of the accident. He added neither driver stepped on the brake before colliding with the other vehicle.
Several days after the accident, 14News.com reported Gann appeared to be involved in another crash just 10 minutes before running into the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 14News.com update says Gann "blew through a turn" before hitting a parked pickup truck at Guzzler's Gas Station. Several civilians tried to chase Gann, who took off unscathed. At the time, police were looking into the possiblity of Gann's vehicle having defective headlights.
Wedding also confirmed to 14News.com that Gann was arrested for DUI in 2003.
Manning's gesture to the Brown family comes days after the Broncos refuted a report from a Denver-based sports radio saying they tried to trade him to the Houston Texans before he agreed to take a pay cut of $4 million several weeks ago, per The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala.
Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth tweeted (via The Denver Post), "Here's one for the record -- The speculation is false, and your report is inaccurate."
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