Peyton Manning, a name that’s synonymous with American football greatness. From his legendary career with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos to his larger-than-life persona off the field, Manning has left an indelible mark on the NFL. Here are ten things you might not know about the quarterback legend.
Football Runs in the Family
Peyton isn’t the only Manning who knows how to throw a football. His father, Archie Manning, was an NFL quarterback, and his younger brother, Eli Manning, has won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants.
Tennessee Vol at Heart
Before going pro, Peyton played college football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He decided to stay for his senior year instead of entering the NFL Draft early, showing his dedication and loyalty.
Two-Time Super Bowl Champ
Peyton won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts and Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos, becoming the first quarterback to win Super Bowls as a starter for two different teams.
Saturday Night Live Star
Manning showcased his comedic chops when he hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2007. His sketches, especially the United Way spoof, remain fan favorites.
Peyton founded the Peyback Foundation in 1999, aimed at helping disadvantaged kids. Over the years, the foundation has donated millions to various causes.
Papa John’s Endeavor
Outside of football, Manning entered the pizza business. He owned 21 Papa John’s franchises in Colorado.
The Manning Passing Academy
Peyton, along with his father and brother Eli, co-founded the Manning Passing Academy, a camp dedicated to training young quarterbacks.
Retired as a Colt
Although he won a Super Bowl with the Broncos, Peyton signed a one-day contract with the Colts in 2016 to officially retire as a member of the team that drafted him.
NFL Record Setter
During his career, Manning set multiple records including most touchdown passes in a single season and most passing yards in a single season.
If you’ve ever watched Peyton play, you’ve likely heard him yell “Omaha!” before the snap. It’s become one of the most famous audible calls in football, though its true meaning remains a guarded secret of the Manning playbook.
From the gridiron to the world of entertainment and philanthropy, Peyton Manning’s legacy extends beyond just his on-field heroics. A blend of leadership, skill, and charisma, he’s undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in modern-day sports.