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Peyton Manning writes to mourning Indiana family

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A former Colts great gave a big lift to an Indiana family mourning the death of a teenager. 

"I know Logan is up there looking down. He's smiling. I think he will be happy," said Logan Browns grandmother, Gayle Ricketts.

Logan Brown would have been 16-years-old this week. He was killed by a drunk driver in March. Police say the driver who hit Brown had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

"When he was little, we took him to a football game and that's when he first really liked Peyton and then when Peyton moved to the Broncos, he kind of deserted the Colts," Ricketts explained, reflecting on her grandson. 

Brown was a huge Peyton Manning fan, even when he made the move from Indianapolis to Denver. His family was planning to take him to see the former Colts quarterback in Denver. 

"As a grandmother, I felt like I should let Peyton know this young man idolized him and what he meant in his life," Ricketts expressed.

The family wrote to Manning to tell him how much he meant to Logan. The family was shocked Manning responded back. He sent the family an autograph and hand-written letter saying how he was honored that Logan was such a big fan. 

"To take the time to send something back to a situation in Evansville, Indiana that he probably doesn't know anything about. It's important to see that they're humans and for these other kids to see you never forget where you came from," Brown's father said after receiving the letter.

Family members say this gift is one Brown really would have cherished.

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