Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning seems to be having a special time on his USO trip overseas to visit service members who are stationed far away from family and friends. Manning, along with Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson and free-agent receiver Austin Collie (and the Cowboys cheerleaders!), have been visiting bases in Afghanistan, lending support to the troops and tossing around the old football.
And Manning has been keeping a journal for ESPN.com, which has turned up some fascinating anecdotes. My favorite has to be Manning running into an old kindergarten classmate and recognizing him almost instantly.
“In the mass of troops, I was meeting and shaking hands and had one soldier say to me, ‘Good seeing you again, Peyton.' I looked at him for a second, and said, ‘Edmund Barnes? From Mrs. Silverstein's kindergarten class at Newman?' He nodded, and we had a good reunion. I recognized him because I do have a good memory on things like that, but I actually have a picture of this class in my closet in Denver. I see it often, and Edmund looks the exact same. He is a captain in the Marines, and it was awesome and a proud feeling to see him.”
Very cool, right?
Anyway, check out the lengthy piece from Manning. It's a good read.
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