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'Dear Peyton' Tribute Thanks The QB Who Spent So Much Time Honoring Others

Never underestimate the power of a thank-you note.

Peyton Manning: one of the NFL's all-time best quarterbacks, and apparently a pretty good pen-pal, too.

That's judging from "Dear Peyton," a commercial set to air Thursday during the NFL draft, which features recipients of letters from the former Broncos QB reading them aloud.

The touching two-minute spot includes everyone from former teammates and coaches to notable sports figures like former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Peyton's brother, Eli, and father, Archie, also make an appearance, as does Pam Frenzel, whose son was treated for cancer at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.

"This is a letter my husband and I received after our son Tyler died," Frenzel says, tenderly holding the piece of paper.

Others chime in:

"This is the letter I got the year that I retired." 

"After I was drafted."

"This is what Peyton wrote to me right before the Super Bowl."

Peyton Manning waves to the crowd after the AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authori
Peyton Manning waves to the crowd after the AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2013, Manning credited his mother with starting him writing thank-you notes as a kid, a tradition he's continued ever since.

Fittingly, many of those countless letters have been addressed to recently retired NFL players, a position in which Manning now finds himself. 

"So few NFL players get to retire as much as they are retired," he told the Times in 2013, explaining why he feels compelled to acknowledge those who leave the sport. "All of a sudden nobody calls, and that's kind of it."

"It's just so sudden ... I kind of want to let the guy know that, hey, it's your career, I have a great appreciation and respect for it, and it's more than just a little ticker there," he continued. "I know his family is telling him that, but I want to let him know there's some outsiders thinking that too."

Dear Peyton, Thank you.

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