Being quarterback of the Denver Broncos has its perks. Just ask Russell Wilson, who, along with Broncos alum Peyton Manning, took batting practice hours before the Rockies’ series finale Thursday at Coors Field (the Guardians escaped with a 4-2 victory). The two were apparently filming an upcoming episode of Peyton’s Places, a travel/documentary series streaming on ESPN+.
Manning, who led the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50 (he had lost to Wilson’s Seahawks two years earlier), once shared a quarterback room with Todd Helton at the University of Tennessee. Helton’s football career didn’t pan out, but luckily, he had baseball to fall back on, holding franchise records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), RBI (1,406), walks (1,335) and games played (2,247) over 17 major-league seasons for the Rockies. Wilson, meanwhile, was drafted by the Rockies in 2010, spending two seasons as a second baseman in their minor-league system before leaving to pursue his dream of being an NFL starting quarterback.
Wilson, who sought Manning’s advice before signing off on his trade to Denver this offseason, seems to be enjoying the Mile High City, attending Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Finals game at Ball Arena, where the Avalanche eked out a thrilling, overtime win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Manning last played for the Broncos in 2015, though owner Rob Walton (who purchased the team for a record $4.65 billion) has already reached out to the Hall-of-Famer about a new leadership role within the organization.
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