It’s Super Bowl week! For many sports fans, and especially football fans, this is one of the best weeks of the year. The buildup and anticipation for the big game on Sunday night is unlike any other sporting event in America. But the Super Bowl is not just for hardcore football fans, it has become a major social and advertising event, as millions and millions of dollars are spent on 30 second commercials (maybe next year Indelible Cards will have a commercial). There is a reason for almost everyone to turn on the game Sunday night.
At Indelible Cards, one of our favorite all-time players is Peyton Manning. We like Peyton not because we are Colts or Broncos fans, but because he believes in the value of the handwritten letter.
It was Peyton’s mom that instilled in him at a young age the need to sit down and write letters, as she would require them to regularly write thank you notes. As Peyton got older and was being recruited in high school, he was impacted by college coaches who took the time to send him a note. He would try and smear the ink to determine if it was actually the coach writing the letter or just a copy. As he grew into adulthood he continued this personal practice, and left a profound impact on many lives.
Peyton is known to send letters to retiring players and coaches, sharing his appreciation for how they played the game. He would send letters to opposing players who challenged him during the season; to former coaches and teachers thanking them for their impact on his life; to friends, family, and some individuals he met through his charity work.
His writing has been so impactful that Gatorade made a commercial about his letters, and the NFL Network did a story interviewing some players and coaches who received letters from Peyton. What stands out to us is how moved these individuals were by this gift. Some of these people have money, fame, and power, what most want in life. Yet here they are keeping, remembering, and sometimes framing a letter. These letters left an impact on their lives, and it wasn’t necessarily what Peyton wrote them, but the fact that he wrote them. Peyton Manning sat down, thought about these individuals, and then put pen to paper with this thoughts. That has left a mark.
This week as you prepare to watch the Super Bowl, sit down and write a note to someone. It could be a former coach, teacher, or just a friend or family member. Let Peyton inspire you and realize that you can have an impact too by just writing a note.
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