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Manning, Letterman draw onlookers at Ball State

Manning and Letterman at Ball State

MUNCIE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two giants from the worlds of sports and entertainment turned plenty of heads Tuesday at Ball State University.

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and television legend -- and BSU alum -- David Letterman made stops at several on-campus locations.

They included the football stadium and the school's "Frog Baby" statue.

One video posted via Twitter showed Manning testing his aim with some football tosses at beer cans.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the university detailed what the duo were up to.

The visit included production work on an upcoming installment of "Peyton's Places" -- the football-themed documentary series hosted by Manning and produced by ESPN.

The school said Letterman pitched the idea of a Ball State-themed episode.

University officials said they stayed quiet about the project because of the pandemic and the tight schedule for production.

Still, students, staff and passers-by couldn't help but notice.

It was an even closer encounter for the Cardinals football team.

“It was an exciting day for our football program,” said Beth Goetz, Ball State University’s Director of Athletics. “The team was thrilled to engage with these two Indiana legends for ‘Peyton’s Places.’ We are grateful for the opportunity to help showcase our campus, as it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes and coaches.”

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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