Manning, Peyton Williams,
1976–, American football player, b. New Orleans. Part of a National Football League quarterback dynasty (his father, Archie, led the New Orleans Saints; his brother Eli played for the New York Giants), Manning was All-America at the Univ. of Tennessee. The number-one pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, he became the most successful passer in Colts history. With a powerful arm, pinpoint accuracy, and an ability to read the defense, he twice led the Colts to the Super Bowl, winning in 2007 (when he was named game MVP) and losing in 2010. He was released by the Colts in 2012 after missing the 2011 season due to injury. Signed by the Denver Broncos, he led them to the Super Bowl in 2013, when they lost, and—despite injury and a difficult year—in 2016, when they won. He retired in 2016 after 18 seasons in the NFL. Manning was named the NFL's MVP a record five times (2003–4, 2008–9, 2013). He set many records, and though many have since been broken, he still holds those for most touchdown passes (55) and passing yards (5,477) in a single season (2013).
See his Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy (2000), with Archie Manning.
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