Peyton Manning calls Colorado shooting victims in hospital

DENVER -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is calling hospitalized victims of the Colorado theater shooting to lift their spirits.

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A spokeswoman for the Medical Center of Aurora said Manning spoke one-on-one by phone Saturday afternoon with several patients brought there after the shooting.

Fifty-eight people were wounded after a gunman clad in riot gear opened fire in a crowded theater early Friday where "The Dark Knight Rises" was being shown. Twelve people have died in the massacre.

The four-time NFL MVP signed with the Broncos this year after missing the 2011 season due to injury.

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