Peyton responds to fan’s wedding invitation

Updated: December 3, 2013, 6:14 PM ET

Darren Rovell |

Anna Bozard has been a Peyton Manning fan all her life, so when it came time for her wedding, there was never any doubt she was inviting him.

The question: Would he even respond?

On Monday, five weeks after the card was due and three weeks after the wedding, a written response from the Denver Broncos quarterback was picked up by Bozard’s mother in the mailbox at her Virginia home.

Manning filled out the RSVP card, checking the box that said he’d have to “regretfully decline.” But he added “Best wishes” and signed his name, along with his No. 18.

“I always loved watching him and admired the wonderful person that he was,” Bozard said. “Getting the response totally sealed my thoughts about him. He’s a good-natured and good-hearted person.”

Bozard said she sent the card to Manning using the address for the stadium on the Broncos’ website. She said she thought there’d be a 25 percent chance she’d get at least something back.

“I’m so excited he took the time to do what he did,” Bozard said. “I’m going to put it in a nice frame.”

  •’s sports business reporter since 2012; previously at ESPN from 2000-06
  • Appears on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and with ABC News
  • Formerly worked as analyst at CNBC

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