Eli and Peyton
Archie must be very proud of his two youngest sons, Eli and Peyton, for over the course of the 21st century, they have brought home the bacon three times. Peyton did it 2007 against the Bears and Eli posted a pair of come-from-behind victories against the Patriots in 2008 and 20012. In each event, Eli or Peyton was awarded the MVP for their respective victories. No matter how you look at it, the results are pretty amazing….that is three victories and MVP awards for the the two brethren over a six year period. And now as the playoffs are unfolding, Peyton is making noise that he and his new team, the Denver Broncos, could be New Jersey bound in 2014. It’s still a long shot, but a Peyton victory in February would even the score with his brother at two Superbowl victories apiece.
Elisha Archibald “Archie” Manning III was born in Drew, Mississippi in 1949. After an illustrious career leading the offense at ‘Ole Miss’ for three years, Archie became the second player chosen in the 1971 draft, when he was selected by the hapless New Orleans Saints. Throughout his college and pro career, Archie became infamous as a skilled signal caller, surrounded by players of lesser caliber. At New Orleans the situation became so bad that certain opposing defensive linemen (Jack Youngblood in particular) became known for taking it easy on the QB after he was in their grasp and about to be sacked.
Archie’s Three Sons
Besides Peyton and Eli, Archie Manning has a third son named Cooper. Like his father and two brothers, Cooper excelled at football; he just didn’t play quarterback. In high school Cooper Manning was selected All-State wide receiver (Louisiana) and would have certainly played in college, if he had not been diagnosed with spinal stenosis Although this disease involves a narrowing of the spine and pinching of the nerves , the eldest son of Archie Manning enjoys a prosperous life today.
To some extent, sibling rivalry exists in many family situations, but seems to manifest itself most often when the brothers or sisters are very close in age or one of the siblings is very gifted. The success of Eli and Peyton Manning is well noted, but one should not forget last year’s Superbowl, where as head coach, the Harbaugh brothers each brought a NFL team to the final contest. Ultimately John proved victorious over his brother Jim, as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a hard-fought match-up.
I don’t known if we will have ever see Eli and Peyton play against each each other in a Superbowl, but I do believe that Peyton Manning will lead the Broncos to victory in February and thus even the score with his brother.