Biography of Peyton Manning
Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback & Four-Time NFL MVP
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time MVP and a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks and stands alone as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category. Since entering the NFL in 1998, joining the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick, Manning has been named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro First Team numerous times.
He owns the second-most wins, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts by a quarterback in NFL history, while ranking third in career passing yards. In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP after leading Denver to its second consecutive division title and the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
During his first 14 NFL seasons with Indianapolis, he set club records in nearly every career passing mark and led the franchise to its first World Championship in 36 years, earning MVP honors in the Colts’ 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
During his time at the University of Tennessee, Peyton epitomized the term “student-athlete.” He claimed 43 records at the school, conference and national levels while graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He led Tennessee to an SEC Championship as a senior in 1997 and earned consensus All-America honors. Following his senior season, Peyton was honored with the Sullivan Award for the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership, athletic ability and the ideals of amateurism.
He attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, where he was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
The recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award as well as the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2005, Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.
He formed the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote future success of disadvantaged youth through various youth programs in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. In the fall of 2012, the Foundation distributed 500 Thanksgiving meals to families involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. The Foundation has distributed more than $5.5 million to youth based organizations since its inception, including over $581,000 in the spring of 2013, with $288,000 of it given to 37 organizations in Colorado. And for the second year, they have purchased a block of tickets to every Broncos home game and donated to them to organizations in the Denver area.
Manning continues to maintain a strong relationship with St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, which in 2007 was renamed the “Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.”
Manning’s father, Archie, was an All-American at the University of Mississippi in 1969 and 1970 and had a 14-year playing career in the NFL with New Orleans (1971-82), Houston (1982-83) and Minnesota (1983-84). His brother, Eli, also attended Ole Miss and was named the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the New York Giants.
Peyton Williams Manning was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Manning and his wife, Ashley, have twins, a boy and a girl, Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson.