Military Wife’s Letter To Peyton Manning Ends With Call To Police

An Alaska woman and her Army sergeant husband got to meet legendary quarterback Peyton Manning before a December game between the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals, but it took a little police intervention. Kristen Patterson wrote to the star quarterback, like many other fans do, to tell him that she and her husband, Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson, were big fans and would like to meet him when they were in Cincinnati to watch the Broncos play the Bengals on December 22. However, she forgot to include one thing in the letter – her contact information.

After three months passed, Kristen Patterson assumed the letter was tossed aside and forgotten. Manning is one of the biggest stars in the NFL and receives a lot fan mail, so she did not have any expectations of the letter being read or receiving a reply. But then she got a call from Alaska State Troopers, saying the Denver Broncos were trying to get in contact with her. Manning had been moved by her letter and wanted to meet the Pattersons. He went to great lengths to track her down, getting the help of the local police.

The family traveled to Cincinnati as planned and Kristin Patterson was able to keep the meeting with Manning a secret from her husband until they went to the team’s hotel. There, they were able to meet with Manning before the game and the future Hall of Fame quarterback thanked Sgt. Patterson for his service.

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