Gatorade to air a tribute to Peyton Manning commercial during NFL draft

By Rachel Wold

Throughout the years, retired quarterback Peyton Manning hand-wrote letters of encouragement to teammates and special fans.

According to a report by Kevin Patra of, Gatorade will air a commercial that shows recipients of Manning’s notes reading them aloud during Thursday night’s NFL draft:

Some note recipients in the commercial include Tony Dungy, Derek Jeter and the mother of a Colts’ fan who received cancer treatments at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

The future Hall of Famer announced his retirement this past March after an illustrious 18-year career that began the day the Colts picked him No. 1 overall in the 1998 draft.

After spending 13 seasons with Indianapolis and missing the 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries, the Denver Broncos took a flyer on him in 2012. Worth the investment, Manning posted a career-high 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns in 2013 en route to leading Denver to the first of two Super Bowl appearances.

The second time was a charm this past February, as Manning went out on top with a win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Widely respected around the NFL, it should be interesting to see this commercial air during the draft. There promises to be a ton of emotion thrown out there.