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      Peyton Manning to address U.Va. 2014 graduates

      Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning smiles following an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denver Broncos quarterback and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning will be the keynote speaker for the University of Virginia's 2014 valedictory exercises.

      Officials say the valediction ceremony is scheduled for May 17 on the Lawn of the Charlottesville campus.

      The Class of 2014 graduation committee said they invited Manning to speak because his sports career and off-the-field commitments are consistent examples of leadership, excellence and generosity.

      Manning played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 to 2011. He led the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI and was voted the game's most valuable player.

      In 1999, the New Orleans native founded the PeyBack Foundation that works with youth-based community organizations.

      Manning's wife Ashley is a 1997 graduate of U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce.