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Peyton Manning calling Colts writers to say thank you

Imagine this: You're a sportswriter for a newspaper in the greater Indianapolis area, and your cell phone rings. The number is blocked, but you pick up anyway.

On the other end of the line is an athlete you once covered, who's calling not to rip you a new one over a critical column, but instead just to show his appreciation for your years of hard and fair work.

Afterward, you pick your jaw off the floor and head to Twitter to share this most unlikely of conversations.

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