December 3, 2013 Updated: December 5, 2013 at 12:27 am
Two fans of Peyton Manning sent the Broncos quarterback an invitation to their wedding, to which he actually responded. Instead of just discarding the invitation, Manning autographed the reply card and checked the “respectfully decline” box to the nuptials of Anna and James. Although this may seem like a big gesture from an athlete of Manning’s caliber, it’s not out of character for the quarterback, who is diligent about replying to fan mail.
Based on the reply by date on the card — Oct. 23, 2013 — and the rules of wedding invitations, the wedding likely fell during football season. (Being an ignoramus about weddings, I actually looked up the etiquette on this, and it appears that invitations are usually sent out about six weeks before weddings, with replies requested by about a month or three weeks before.