In February, Helton found himself in the news when he was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, but prosecutors dropped those charges under a plea deal. He was sentenced to a year of probation along with 24 hours of community service.
Although he struggled early this season, Helton is now hitting .244. And while his bat may have been slow to come around, his glove has remained highly dependable as he scoops anything in his vicinity. Helton is a three-time Gold Glove winner. He has a career fielding percentage of .996, which is among the all-time best for a first baseman.
Helton had one of the biggest hits in team history, a walk-off homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 18, 2007, that ignited their Rocktober run to the World Series.
During a recent series in the Mile High City, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly chatted about Helton, saying "I hate seeing him up there late in the game, with the game on the line. I really don't want Todd up there. He's had a couple of 10- or 11-pitch at-bats where he ends up hitting a homer or a double or something.
"He's had an unbelievable career."
Helton was a first-round pick out of the University of Tennessee in 1995. In addition to playing baseball for the Volunteers, Helton also was the quarterback before eventually giving way to Peyton Manning, who won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Denver Broncos last season. Helton and Manning remain good friends.