When it comes to Peyton Manning, we cannot help but agree with the clichéd saying that he was born to play this position. From the time he could crawl, he looked like an athlete. He literally came out of the womb with a passers mentality and the amazing skills to match and he’s got the all-time touchdown record to prove this. It is no surprise to see that his father was a football geek himself as that proves it was more of a genetic inheritance. Peyton grew up with a huge yard in their family home so there was plenty room to practise.
As much as his parents encouraged his sporting passion, they stressed education above anything else. This never hindered him from rifling the ball with so much velocity when he was back from school. He retired from professional football on March 7, 2016 but would forever be remembered as one of the record breaking players in the NFL history.
Date of Birth: March 24, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Aries
For a man who holds many NFL records, it is not surprising when no one focuses on his family. It would interest you to know that Peyton is not the only talented family; in fact, he comes from a family of gifted athletes. He has a great personal life and is in a lovely relationship. Read on as we bring you all the juicy details there is about the members of the Manning family.
Elisha Archibald “Archie” Manning (father)
Date of Birth: May 19, 1949
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Archie is the patriarch of one of football’s most famous families. When he was much younger, Archibald was a multi-sport star then eventually decided to settle on football and baseball. He was inducted into his college’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding skills as an athlete in 1989. He played for almost 20 seasons in the NFL before retiring.
He mentions that one of his biggest pleasures in life is seeing his sons get along so well. The three Manning boys do not see each other so frequently but each time they do, they make sure they have as much fun as possible.
Olivia Williams Manning (mother)
Olivia met her husband Elisha while they were at Ole Miss and their attraction was more like one from a storybook. He was the star quarterback and she was the homecoming queen; they got married on January 21, 1971 while still in college and the rest they say is history.
Both parents are today proud of their son’s successes and sometimes can hardly believe it is real. One time, they admitted that they sat in the crowd pinching themselves as they watched their son win more than half out of the 10 Championship Games but for the Mannings, the closeness of their sons is more important than anything they have ever accomplished in football. The Mannings are charitable people as they are actively involved in community work.
Cooper Manning (elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: March 6, 1974
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Cooper was also a football player like the rest of his family but he had his career come to a premature ending after being diagnosed at age 18 with spinal stenosis. He is now a partner in a New Orleans energy investment boutique and hosts the show “The Manning Hour”. Cooper has been married to Ellen Heidingsfelder since March 1999 and is every bit the devoted husband and father to their three children, May, Arch and Heid.
Eli Nelson Manning (younger brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: January 3, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Eli has not been as prolific as his elder brother but has won a pair of Super Bowl MVP awards. He started off since he was a kid too; he was actually left with no choice as both brothers were already sports inclined. He has been a New York Giants star since 2004 and still plays with them till date. He got hitched to Abby McGrew on April 19, 2008 and since then have become parents to three kids; Ava Frances (born March 26, 2011), Lucy Thomas (born June 17, 2013) and Caroline Olivia (born January 29, 2015).
Ashley Thompson (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: March 17, 2001 till present
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was introduced to the football legend by their neighbours just before he began his freshman year. Things took off gradually and they were married in 2001. For years they enjoyed life as just lovers but after a decade as man and wife, they became parents to a lovely set of twins. Peyton is grateful for the awesome family he has and admits that he would not be where he is today without them.
Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning (son and daughter, fraternal twins with Ashley Thompson)
Date of Birth: March 31, 2011
Zodiac Sign: Aries
They arrived 10 days after their cousin Ava was born to Eli. Mosley and her brother came as a surprise to the rest of the world as Ashley and her husband chose to keep her pregnancy private. They have joined their dad for several of his post Super Bowl interviews. The Manning twins are the cute tots that have changed the life of the football icon since their birth. We bet everyone is waiting to see if Marshall would be another extension of the football family.