Military Wife’s Letter To Peyton Manning Results In Startling Call From Police


An Alaskan women sent a letter to legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and what happened next is nothing short of incredible.

Kristen Patterson grew up in Indiana where Manning used to be with the Indianapolis Colts. Kristen and her husband, Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson, are huge fans of the NFL star quarterback. She sent Manning a letter asking him if there was any way that he would be willing to meet her husband.

Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson grew up a die-hard Colts fan, watching Manning, The IndyStar reports. During his two tours in Afghanistan, Patterson would set alarms to wake up at odd hours of the night just to stream Colts games. He even tried to get relocated to Colorado to catch Broncos games. Yeah, he’s definitely a HUGE fan!

With all the fan mail Manning gets, surprisingly Patterson’s one caught his attention. The woman, in her haste forgot to leave any any contact info so Manning summoned his public relations team to find the Pattersons which was no easy task. With the couple living in North Pole, Alaska, it took Manning’s people three months to finally track them down.


The couple and their 10-month-old daughter, Olivia, had recently moved 3,950 miles from where they were stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky., to Fort Wainwright in North Pole, Alaska.

Here is Mrs. Patterson’s letter:

Dear Mr. Manning,

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. He would set alarms to wake up at odd hours in the night just to listen to your football games. We recently had to move across the country for the Army and he tried to get us stationed in Colorado just so he could ensure that he would never miss your games.


We will be attending the Bengals vs. Broncos game on December 22, 2014, while home for the holidays, and it would mean so much to my husband if you might be able to find the time to just even say hello, not to mention it would make me to coolest wife ever of all time. I know you are a busy man, and if you can’t, it will be ok. I just thought I might ask in the rare chance that you might agree to this.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Kristen Patterson

Three months later, she received a call from the Alaska State Troopers.

“When I got a call from (an Alaska) State Trooper they asked if I wrote a letter to Peyton Manning,” Patterson said to 9News.

“They said the Denver Broncos were trying to get a hold of me,” she said. “When I sent it, you never know if someone is going to read it or if it is going to be tossed in a pile. So I thought they never read it, no big deal.”

She was initially confused about the phone call but the Trooper explained that Manning had arranged the call in order to keep it a secret from Sgt. Patterson.

So when she got off the phone, Mrs. Patterson told her husband that the phone call was about a police dog demonstration at the school where she works. She was able to keep her husband in the dark about it until they arrived in Cincinnati at the Broncos team hotel on December 21.

When they arrived in Cincinnati, she convinced her husband they were going to dinner with a friend, but he realized something when they arrived at the Broncos’ team hotel.


“I was trying to keep it as a surprise, but I’m a horrible liar and I couldn’t think of a reason why we would be going to a hotel,” she said. “It would have been really hard to keep it (a secret), plus he needed time to process everything.”

Ryan Patterson’s initial thought was he would be among many to receive autographs and vying to snap a quick photo and hello. Instead, the family was taken up an escalator to a private conference room.

“The team’s flight was delayed, so I was pacing the room like I was expecting a child. I saw (Manning) come up the escalator and my first reaction was he is at least 15 feet tall, if not taller,” said Ryan Patterson, who had a picture taken with Manning and received an autographed football. “Peyton introduced himself, asked my daughter’s name and played with her for a second and thanked me for my service.”

Ryan and his wife said that Manning was personable, approachable and, most importantly, genuine.

“He seemed genuinely tickled that we lived in North Pole, Alaska. He said, ‘You guys are really hard to find,'” Ryan said. “Before he left he shook my hand and thanked me for my service one more time and I thanked him for being my quarterback.”

“(Kristen) enjoyed the fact that she is the greatest wife ever and there was nothing I could ever do to top this,” the proud husband said. “If you asked me who is the one person, anybody in the world, I want to meet, I would immediately say Peyton Manning and she made that happen.”

While it would have been simple for Manning to simply ignore the letter, the fact that he went to such great lengths to make this soldier’s dream come true really shows what a class act he is.

Good luck to Manning and the Denver Broncos in the upcoming Superbowl against the Carolina Panthers… They’re going to need it!

(h/t Sean Brown at Mad World News)


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