Sep 21, 2013 8:38 PM by Monica Gouty
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning plans to catch Todd Helton's final home game for the Colorado Rockies next week so he can pay homage to his college buddy who gave him two big assists over the years.
The first came when Manning was a homesick freshman at the University of Tennessee in 1994 and Helton, already a star in both football and baseball, took him under his wing and helped him adjust to college life.
The second came when Manning was plotting his comeback from neck problems two years ago that nearly derailed his NFL career.
Manning was prevented from seeing his team doctors or rehabbing at the Indianapolis Colts' facilities during the lockout that offseason. So, Helton arranged for Manning to use the Rockies' facilities to work out.