EVANSVILLE, Ind. (June 25, 2015) – Logan Brown would have turned 16-years-old Tuesday. But the Evansville teen was killed this year in an auto accident.
Recently, his family received something from Peyton Manning that they say Logan would have called a gift of a lifetime.
According to WFIE, Logan’s grandmother Gayle Ricketts wrote a letter to the NFL quarterback, and she told him Logan’s story.
Logan was killed in March by a drunk driver. Police told WFIE that the other driver involved in the crash had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.
"As a grandmother I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life,” said Ricketts.
Manning responded to Ricketts, and he sent the family an autographed picture and a hand-written letter saying how honored he was Logan was such a big fan.
"It blew me away. I called Charles when the letter came. I didn't even open it. I called Charles to come over. I said the Broncos answered me,” said Ricketts.
The family planned to take Logan to a Broncos game, but they never got the opportunity.
Logan's dad Charles says this gesture from Manning is more than just a birthday gift, it's inspirational.
"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,” said Brown.
Family members say this gift is one gift he really would have cherished.
"And I know Logan is up there looking down. He's smiling. I think he will be happy,” said Ricketts.