East football team receives $10,000 grant, message from Peyton Manning

East T-birds football coach Jeff Trotter received a pleasant surprise this week when he received an email with a video of Peyton Manning congratulating his team for winning a $10,000 football grant from sports equipment company Riddell.

The Thunderbirds were one of 10 teams across the nation to receive the Riddell's Smarter Football program grant. East was one of more than 700 applicants.

When Trotter didn't hear from Riddell the first week of October, when the winners were expected to be...

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