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Peyton Manning visits Derek Jeter to ‘pay my respects’

Derek Jeter’s final season drew Peyton Manning to a Yankees game. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Derek Jeter had a visitor today, a man who is a lock one day for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos made his way to the Bronx to “pay my respects” to the New York Yankees shortstop in his final season.

“I came to see Derek play,” Manning said (via “Derek and I have been friends — he’s a couple years older than me, but we’ve been pretty much professionals at the same time. So I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time. … It’s the only time I’m gonna get to New York before our season starts, and they’re not coming out to the [Colorado] Rockies this year. I wanted to see [Jeter] play in person, and get a good picture for my scrapbook.”

Manning, 22 months younger than Jeter, is in town for an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” “I’m doing Letterman tomorrow night, so I’m paying my respects to him, who’s also retiring,” Manning said (via with a laugh. “I’m sad to see some of these guys retiring. I’m not far behind.”

Manning had company as he watched the game in a suite.
After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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