Posted 4/29/12 at 4:44 PM

Peyton Manning visits Coors Field

Coors Field had a very special visitor on Sunday, when newly acquired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stopped by to watch batting practice and visit with some old friends.

Manning actually replaced Rockies first baseman Todd Helton as the Tennessee Volunteers' starting QB when Helton hurt his knee during the 1994 season. The two have kept in touch since, and Helton caught some passes from Manning this winter during Peyton's rehab from neck surgery.

"Because of him I've spent a good bit of time here, so I knew how great of a city it was," Manning said of Denver. "He told me how great of a sports town it was, but Todd didn't have to make a hard sell."

Manning also caught up with Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey -- another former Volunteer -- while Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker took his hacks in the batting cage.

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