07/22/2012 04:44 EDT | Updated 09/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Broncos QB Peyton Manning calls hospitalized victims of Colorado shooting

DENVER - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is calling hospital victims of the Colorado theatre shooting to lift their spirits.

A spokeswoman for the Medical Center of Aurora says that Manning spoke one-on-one by phone on Saturday afternoon with several patients brought there after the shooting.

Fifty-eight people were wounded after a gunman clad in riot gear opened fire in a crowded theatre early Friday where "The Dark Knight Rises" was being shown. Twelve people have died in the massacre.

The four-time MVP signed with the Broncos this year after missing the 2011 season due to injury.