Biography of Peyton Manning
Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback & Four-Time NFL MVP
Peyton Manning, the National Football League’s only five-time MVP and a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, completed his 16th NFL season in 2013.
Manning owns the second-most wins (167), passing yards (64,964), touchdown passes (491), completions (5,532) and attempts (8,452) by a quarterback in NFL history. His 13 postseason appearances rank first by a quarterback in league annals along with his 84 career 300-yard passing games.
In two seasons with Denver, Manning has led the Broncos to consecutive 13-win seasons and No. 1 conference seeds while throwing for an NFL-best 100 touchdowns in the regular season and playoffs.
He compiled the best statistical season by a quarterback in NFL history during the 2013 campaign, setting single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55). Manning helped the Broncos become the most prolific offense in NFL history, setting a league single-season record for points scored (606), while extending his NFL record with his fifth Most Valuable Player Award from the Associated Press.
His 2013 season ended with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, making him only the third quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple teams to a Super Bowl.
In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as runner-up for the league’s MVP award and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
During his first 14 NFL seasons with Indianapolis, Manning set club records in nearly every career passing category. He 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.
Manning was selected by the Colts with the No. 1 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft from the University of Tennessee, where he left the Volunteers with 33 school records, eight Southeastern Conference marks and two NCAA standards. He led Tennessee to an SEC Championship as a senior in 1997 and earned consensus All-America honors.
Manning 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, The Pat Summitt Foundation 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. The Foundation has distributed more than $6.5 million to youth based organizations through its grants and programs, including over $581,000 in the spring of 2013 through its annual grant program.
Manning continues to maintain a strong relationship with St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital (Indianapolis), which in 2007 was renamed the “Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.”
Manning’s father, Archie, was an All-America quarterback 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 MVP of Super Bowls XLII?and XLVI as a quarterback for the New York Giants.
Manning and his wife, Ashley, have twins: a boy and a girl, Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson.