Manning praises long-time friend, Todd Helton: ‘There won’t be another like him here, I can promise you that’

“I think sometimes when you just write, ‘17-year career,’ it doesn’t do it justice. You ought to put it in bold, caps and write it about 50 times just to realize how much work he put in… I’m happy for him. I feel like he’s at peace with it… I hope he enjoys these last games. But there won’t be another like him here, I can promise you that.”

When Peyton Manning walked onto the University of Tennessee campus as a homesick freshman in 1994 Todd Helton – the two way star, playing baseball and football for the Volunteers – didn’t have to be overly cordial with him. Instead, Helton took the time to be nice to Manning and little would they know that two decades later they’d be future Hall of Famers, in the MLB and NFL respectively, in the same city nonetheless.

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