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Peyton Williams Manning
The Indianapolis Colts Starting Quarterback

Preceded by:
Jim Harbaugh 


Succeeded by:  none

Peyton Manning is known for being the best at his position; he was the best in high school, the best in college and he is rapidly becoming the best in the NFL. He burst onto the scene as one of the most successful rookies ever to suit up in the NFL and people have followed his career ever since.

Manning is a very astute learner. He is not afraid to take advice from someone else, which has been the key to improving every year. He took the Indianapolis Colts from worst to first in only his second year. Despite a porous defense, the Colts have remained a threat, due in large part to Manning's passing. As long as Peyton suits up for the Colts, they are a threat every time they play.

Peyton Manning is one of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. Being a wealthy athlete has not changed him in the least. Manning is a very cerebral person. Unlike those who get by on their raw athletic talent, Manning has honed his skills by studying film and becoming a student of the game.

He doesn't have Brett Favre's flair, Michael Vick's flashy speed, John Elway's arm strength or the derring-do of his father, Archie Manning, a Southern football legend, a former Mississippi star who finished third in the 1970 Heisman Trophy voting, played quarterback for 14 NFL seasons, the first 10-plus years with the lowly Saints.
No matter.
Football folks learned early 
(way before he would become one of the NFL's top quarterbacks)
that Peyton Manning had loads of talent and was different in ways that ultimately would make him as successful as his dad.

They saw it when Manning, still in high school, fit in so easily as he tossed the ball to NFL receivers on the New Orleans Saints' practice field or when he organized informal summer passing and receiving drills at Tennessee, and then fumed at teammates who didn't show up.

Date of birth March 24, 1976
Place of birth  New Orleans, Louisiana
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 230 lb
Position QB
College Tennessee
NFL Draft 1998 / Round 1 / Pick 1

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. He is the son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and Olivia Manning. He is the older brother of current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the younger brother of former Ole Miss receiver Cooper Manning, whose college career was cut short by spinal stenosis. Peyton played high school football in New Orleans, for Louisiana's Isidore Newman School, college football for the University of Tennessee and was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Manning married his college girlfriend, Ashley Thompson, on March 17, 2001.

Manning holds several NFL passing records, including: touchdown passes in a single season (49 in 2004), most consecutive seasons with over 4,000 yards passing (6 from 1999 through 2004), and most seasons with 4,000 or more yards passing in a career. His career 94.4 passing rating in the NFL ranks first among active QB's with at least 1,500 passing attempts, and second all-time to Steve Young's 96.8. In nine NFL seasons, Manning has thrown for 275 touchdowns in his career (ranking him seventh all-time), and has thrown for a total of 37,586 yards in his career (ranking him thirteenth all-time).


Peyton's physical skills are impressive, but not overwhelming. His 6-5, 230-lb frame is a definite asset. So far in his career Peyton is one of the most durable quarterbacks ever to set foot on the gridiron. It also helps that he has never had to absorb a great deal of punishment. That's due in part to a steady offensive line, but also to his ability to read defenses and get rid of the ball quickly.

Peyton's arm strength is above average, while his accuracy is off the charts. He throws his share of wobblers, but most of his passes find their targets between the numbers and in stride. The touch he puts on the ball makes him a receiver's best friend.

Peyton won't beat too many people in a sprint, but his pocket presence is excellent. This allows him to avoid sacks and buy extra time to let a receiver work his way open. Despite his lack of speed, Peyton's footwork is textbook. So are his play fakes. Few quarterbacks in the game's history have been able to fool defenses like he can.

Peyton is a throwback in many ways, including the fact that he calls his own games. He receives a different offensive package every week. Every play has several options, both run and pass. When a call comes in from the sideline, Peyton decides on the final incarnation based on his personnel and the defensive alignment presented to him at the line of scrimmage.

Peyton is regarded as a strong leader. He inspires teammates through deed and word. His work ethic is unparalleled. Peyton is as intense as they come. He's also not afraid to get into a teammate's face and demand his best effort. Some guys can't get away with such tactics. Peyton can.


IGN Sports: You have one of the best play-action fakes in the game. Does that go back to your days of playing street ball as a kid?

Peyton Manning: I think it's a combination of playing street ball, watching video, and just growing up in a house of football. I think watching a lot of football as a kid, I used to love to watch games and as the quarterback was dropping back and it looks like he may hand the ball off or keep it, before he would actually do it, I used to be able to look at it and say whether or not it was going to be a running play. I used to watch to see if the quarterbacks did anything different during their handoffs than what they did during the fakes. I would then study tape of myself on film to make sure that whether I was handing off or faking the handoff, everything was the same in terms of body movement, the steps, the timing, so that when I hand the ball off to Edgerrin James or when I fake the ball to Edgerrin James, up until it actually happens, everything looks the same.

Pro Bowls 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 

 2007 Super Bowl XLI MVP

2005 Pro Bowl MVP

2005 NFL MVP

2004 NFL MVP

2003 NFL MVP

Other NFL awards

College Awards 

Retired #s Tennessee Volunteers' #16 


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