In the wake of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday, it is times like these that remind us that there are good people in the world of sports. We hear about all of the negative stuff that happens off the field, but there’s more good stuff.
We just don’t always hear about it, and that needs to change.
In the coming days, we are going to hear about athletes stepping up to help the people of Boston. In that spirit, what Peyton Manning did on Monday deserves to be mentioned.
Manning visited Aurora Gateway High School and until he walked into the gym, none of the students knew the Denver Broncos quarterback was coming. The visit was arranged be the school’s principal as a thank-you to the students and the school as a whole.
Gateway was one of the emergency sites used during the theatre shooting tragedy last summer. The event hit a lot of the students and staff very hard, and the visit from Manning was uplifting for so many. For those of you who would like to see the video; here’s the link why Manning’s visit was so much more than just a surprise: http://dbron.co/1s1
It’s not the first time Manning has stepped up in support of those who were affected by that awful tragedy, as he called each and every victim who were scattered around local hospitals. Manning did it because it was the right thing to do and the only reason the public knew about it was because the people he called told others.
Manning is a great football player but a better human being, and those of us who cover sports need to do a better job of reporting these types of stories. They are out there and they outnumber the negative stuff, but the negative is often what gets out attention. That needs to change.
Manning is doing great things off the field in Denver and I have no doubt that the athletes in Boston and beyond are going to step up in the days ahead. I hope it gets noticed and reported.
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