Kristen Patterson grew up in Indiana, a state where Manning used to play football with the Indianapolis Colts. Both the woman and her husband, Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson, are major fans of the NFL star.
When Kristen asked Manning to simply say “hello” to her veteran husband, she had no idea that he would even open the letter. What actually happened shocked her: She received a call from the Alaska State Troopers, who were trying to locate her on behalf of Peyton Manning.
“When I got a call from (an Alaska) State Trooper they asked if I wrote a letter to Peyton Manning,” Patterson said, according to 9News. It turns out that Manning wanted to meet with her and her husband, but couldn’t locate them.
That letter made a big time impression on the future Hall of Fame star, who now played for the Denver Broncos:
“My name is Kristen Patterson. I am writing to ask a question. You see my husband is a HUGE fan, and when I say HUGE I mean it. He is currently serving our country in the United States Army and has deployed twice to Afghanistan,” wrote the woman in her letter to Manning.