Manning sends well wishes to Summitt

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning reached back to his University of Tennessee roots on Wednesday morning, issuing a statement regarding the health of legendary UT Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Summitt, 59, went public with the news on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with the early onset of dementia.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to Pat during this difficult personal time. Pat is a great friend, and I am pleased she will continue to lead her program,” Manning said. “For many years, Pat has shaped countless lives through her sacrifice and dedication to Tennessee athletics. I ask others who admire her and who have been impacted by her work to join me in wishing Pat and her family every comfort as we respect their wishes for privacy."

Manning starred at quarterback for the Volunteers from 1994-97 before being selected by the Colts with the first pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.

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