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Peyton Manning: We need Boy Scouts more today than ever

peyton-manning-boy-scoutPeyton Manning was never a Boy Scout himself, but the five-time MVP-winning quarterback can’t help but be connected to Scouting.

He’s reminded of the Boy Scouts of America’s strength within the Denver area and across the country every time he opens the mailbox.

“I get quite a bit of fan mail from mostly parents wanting me to send a congratulatory picture or autograph to their son on becoming an Eagle Scout,” he told a crowd of more than 1,200 on April 16 at the 38th annual Boy Scouts of America Sports Breakfast, benefiting the Denver Area Council.

“I bet it’s a third of the fan mail that I get,” Manning said.

The Super Bowl XLI champion was the keynote speaker at the event, held at the Pepsi Center, which is home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Celebrities often collect a fee for these kinds of appearances. So how much did Manning charge the Boy Scouts to show up? 

Not a dime.

He said he believes in the Boy Scouts and what they’re doing in Colorado and across the United States. In fact, Manning said, America needs the Boy Scouts now more than ever.

“I don’t know of any time in my life when the Boy Scouts’ focus on values and building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society is as needed as it is today,” he said.

Watch Manning’s opening remarks here on the Denver Broncos’ official site, and read the 303 Magazine piece on the speech here.

8 Comments on Peyton Manning: We need Boy Scouts more today than ever

  1. Reblogged this on Douglas Boyce III and commented:
    We need Boy Scouts more than today than ever !

  2. Bravo Manning. Might watch more pro football now….
    BRIAN! Check your headline for continuity…

    • Weird! Thought I had fixed that but it reverted to an earlier version. Thanks!

  3. Is the whole speech available for viewing somewhere?

  4. joselepervanche // April 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm // Reply

    Reblogged this on Scouting Adventures and commented:
    The world needs more Scouts. The US needs more Scouts.: “He said he believes in the Boy Scouts and what they’re doing in Colorado and across the United States. In fact, Manning said, America needs the Boy Scouts now more than ever.

    “I don’t know of any time in my life when the Boy Scouts’ focus on values and building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society is as needed as it is today,” he said.”

  5. Nate Kidwell // April 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm // Reply

    Thanks Manning! I agree with him, we need Boy Scouts today more than ever. I don’t really follow football, and I’m not a particular fan of the Broncos, but I’m definitely a fan of Peyton Manning now.

  6. Reblogged this on Remember The Mission.

  7. Wow… As a lifelong Patriots fan… I never thought I’d be happy to cheer on a Manning! But for this, I certainly can! Good show Peyton!

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