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Peyton Manning's Local Legacy

Peyton Manning's Local Legacy

Peyton Manning's Local Legacy As training camps start getting underway for the NFL’s new season it is hard to imagine Peyton Manning not being on the field. Manning announced his retirement earlier this year after leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl championship but in Indiana, #18 will always be a Colt. Most anyone following the sport knows that Peyton was the first round overall draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 where he played until 2012. As their quarterback, Manning led the team to greatness with his work ethic, endless preparation and most importantly, generosity to the city of Indianapolis. His philanthropy is highly recognized by the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital on Indy’s Northside. His legacy of giving back though extended far beyond Indianapolis and started long before he was a five-time MVP and breaking most NFL passing records. In October of 1999 a very young Peyton Manning came to Logansport and spoke at the Berry Bowl. Over 3,000 people took advantage of the opportunity and purchased tickets to hear the young quarterback speak of his college career and future with the Colts. Manning spoke that night about the importance of education and his own decision to stay in college and finish his degree before entering the NFL draft. Manning did more though than just talk about the importance of a college degree: he donated his entire speaking fee to help start the Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship for Cass County’s non-traditional and returning adult students. While Manning’s gift 17 years ago might seem small in light of his later philanthropy, it was a sign of his true spirit and values present long before his ascent to NFL stardom. He might be surprised to know that his one, small, unselfish act has helped provide over $37,000 in scholarship support to 48 adults since 2004. Others have made gifts to grow the fund since Peyton’s start-up and on August 2nd we will be announcing the newest recipients of the Back Home Again Award at our Scholarship Reception and Send-Off Party. Manning who retired on March 7, 2016 ended his career with the words, "I've fought a good fight. I've finished my football race and after 18 years, it's time. God bless all of you and God bless football." Peyton Manning was a blessing to the game of football, to his teammates and to his fans but it is his uncommon generosity and heart for others that has always set him apart. His legacy of philanthropy is deep and has touched lives here in Cass County in ways he will never know. Thank you Peyton Manning.