When asked about the news that his good buddy Todd Helton had announced that he would retire at season’s end, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had this to say (quote courtesy of Denver Post):
I think Todd just made me the oldest player in Denver?”
Their friendship is well-documented by now, and given their statuses as two of the most well-liked athletes in the state of Colorado, that is fun to keep track of. Helton helped Manning out when he needed a place to rehab during the NFL lockout. Manning has made numerous appearances at Coors Field in the time since he joined the Broncos, and he recently discussed his friendship with Helton:
“A couple years ago, during that (NFL) lockout when I was in a strange injury situation, for him to get on the phone and call me and invite me out here to work out with the Rockies, in private, and use the Rockies’ trainers — I’ll always be indebted to him. I was in a kind of a weird place, an unknown. I had really nobody to turn to medically because of the lockout. What Todd did, that really kind of gave me some good direction…
“…I’m happy for him. I feel like he’s at peace with (retirement). I have communicated with him. I hope he enjoys these last games. But there won’t be another like him here, I can promise you that.”
Also, this picture:
— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) September 19, 2013
Anyhow, Manning is going to take a break from the historic start to his 2013 season to cheer for his friend in his final game at Coors Field. And that is very cool.