Archie Manning, born and raised in the state of Mississippi, was the first Manning to reach the National Football League. Archie played college football at the University of Mississippi and started at quarterback for three straight seasons. During Manning's 1969 season with Ole Miss, he won several awards including SEC Player of the Year, First Team All-American, First Team All-SEC, and the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy. Manning was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
After college, Manning was drafted by the New Orleans Saints as the 2nd overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft. Manning would end up playing ten seasons with the Saints. His career would be seen as a disappointing one due to his supporting cast around him and poor management. Out of the 10 seasons with the Saints, Archie would only reach an above .500 record in one season. In 1972, Manning led the league in pass attempts, completions, and passing yards even though the Saints record was an abysmal 2-11-1.
Even though the Saints reputation was terrible, Archie Manning's was not. He was seen as one of the most respected players in the entire league due to his overall performance instead of the entire team. Despite his unrewarding career in the NFL, Archie was gifted with two sons that would go on to redeem their father's subpar career. Peyton and Eli won the Super Bowl two times a piece as the starting quarterbacks for their respective teams.
Peyton Manning would play quarterback at the University of Tennessee and went on to be known as one of the greatest players in NFL history. Peyton won two Super Bowls with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and the Denver Broncos in 2015.
Eli Manning would follow in his father's footsteps and play quarterback at the University of Mississippi and would win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 2007 and 2012.
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