The NFL pro had to regretfully decline a couple's request, but did send his best wishes and an autograph

By Kelli Bender
Updated December 03, 2013 12:35 PM
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An engaged couple pulled their own version of a Hail Mary pass, mailing out a wedding invitation to NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. And it worked (sort of).

Unfortunately, the Denver Broncos player will not be joining the bride and groom for cake and a game of catch, but he did respond to the couple’s request. According to a Reddit post made by the brother of the bride-to-be, Manning “regretfully declined” the chance to attend Anna and James’s nuptials.

Ignoring their bridal registry, Manning did give the couple an early wedding present: his autograph and Best Wishes for the big day. Watch out, cricket, looks like football may be turning into the true gentleman s game.