Peyton Manning: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Lew H. Freedman

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By Lew H. Freedman

From the instant Peyton Manning arrived within the nationwide soccer League first and foremost of the 1998 season, he has been a numbers computing device, finishing passes at a stunning fee and throwing touchdowns at a pinball-machine clip. enthusiasts, teammates, and NFL foes alike were in awe of what Manning's correct arm has wrought.In Peyton Manning: A Biography, sportswriter Lew Freedman chronicles Manning's existence, from his formative years because the son of recent Orleans Saints' quarterback Archie Manning during the many laurels gained in the course of his highschool and faculty careers to his record-setting play with the Colts. The publication additionally covers Manning's off-the-field actions as a product spokesperson, in addition to his PeyBack starting place, designed to aid underprivileged childrens. eventually, it appears on the Manning soccer dynasty, together with brother Eli Manning's good fortune because the large Bowl-winning quarterback for the recent York Giants.

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Then Johnny Vaught, the aging icon of Mississippi football, who had coached Archie during his undergraduate days, arrived and added his voice to the proceedings. Come to Mississippi, Peyton, because we love you and we still love your dad, was the message. 8 It was not really in Peyton’s makeup to blow off a suitor because it didn’t demonstrate it cared enough, but Mississippi covered that base sufficiently anyway. The Rebels showed they really, really cared. So Archie and Peyton retreated to the Hilton to think and talk.

And while it hurt me a lot, it hurt mainly because of what it did to my dad. He was devastated. ’’ Letters followed phone calls in which Mississippi supporters said they used to love Archie Manning, but no more and said they hoped Peyton got hurt or broke his leg. They said he had made the worst mistake of his life by selecting Tennessee, though it was difficult to see how a vicious campaign like this would make Peyton think so. Peyton said his father received more than 200 letters ‘‘attacking my choice’’ and that he was told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger received 7,000 phone calls on the topic.

That was the simple answer, but Mississippians did not take no for an answer. There was anger, even fury, that Peyton had selected another SEC school over Mississippi. Hate mail poured in to Isidore Newman School. Hate mail poured into the Mannings’ 40 PEYTON MANNING mailbox. Hate phone calls came in on the telephone. It seemed Peyton was guilty of dumping toxic waste in a lake, not merely volunteering to play quarterback for the Volunteers. People from the southern United States pride themselves on their charm, graciousness, and hospitality.

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