For Peyton Manning, this has been a successful season, but a painful one as well. The former Colt has suffered with a serious high ankle sprain this year. Ironically, the injury came in his return to Lucas Oil Stadium after a sack by former teammate Robert Mathias.
Manning was hobbled so much that many wondered whether he would play in a key game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Some of his fans in Central Indiana wondered as well. But Rick Peters knew he was a fan who could help.
“The products we develop not only support your ankle, but they also allow for the mobility and freedom to play your sport,” said Peters.
Peters founded Ultra Ankle, an orthopedic sports medicine company in Carmel. Hearing that Manning was injured more seriously than first thought, he mailed one of his company’s latest braces to the Broncos. Low and behold, in the next game, Peters saw Manning wearing it.
“Right when I saw it I knew it was ours because it has such a distinctive shape,” said Peters.
Peters has sent many of the company’s braces to trainers on various teams. In fact, it’s not the first time he’s sent one to the Broncos. It’s all part of the company’s marketing plan. But as a Manning fan, he admits this situation was more special.
“He’s a superstar known around the world and for him to have our latest technology on, it’s really a validation of that technology.”