Archie Manning Profile

NFL legend Archie Manning has long been respected for the way he played the game on and off the field. The starring quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Archie’s example of persistence, perseverance, and leadership has endeared him to fans across the country.

Archie was an All-American quarterback for the University of Mississippi, starring in the first nationally-televised prime-time college football game, and finishing among the top five in voting for the Heisman Trophy during his junior and senior years at “Ole Miss.” After being selected second overall in the 1971 NFL draft, Archie played 13 seasons in the league, and was named National Football Conference offensive player of the year in 1978, while a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Archie’s focus has always been on others rather than his own glory. As an athlete, he constantly remembered that he was part of a team, first and foremost, and collaborated with each of his fellow players and coaches to make that team better. His work ethic and code of honor extended to his competitors as well, who admired him greatly. His deep commitment to his family and community also distinguish him in the minds and hearts of his fans. Archie’s sons, Peyton and Eli, have each won two Super Bowls, following All-American careers at the University of Tennessee, and Ole Miss, respectively.

Manning has served as the National Football Foundation’s Chairman since 2007 and has been the leader of a nationwide network of 120 chapters in 47 states with more than 12,000 members. During his tenure as chairman, the NFF has experienced remarkable growth, and his leadership played a critical role in the recent opening of the state-of-the-art $68.5 million College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta. He oversaw the launch of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, which has helped raise and distribute millions of dollars for the NFF scholarships, programs and initiatives. Currently, the organization distributes more than $1.3 million each year and recognizes thousands of student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.

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    All-American Quarterback. All-Star Athlete. Football Legend. Exceptional Human Being.

    When people think of Archie Manning,they think football. But Archie′s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was recently selected as one of 10 outstanding New Orleanians by Family Service of Greater New Orleans and named Hornblower of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (New Orleans Chapter).

    Archie was born May 19, 1949, in Drew, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American Quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. He was voted Mississippi′s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and recently named Mississippi′s Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana and he and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players.

    Archie was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of other Halls of Fame including Louisiana and Mississippi. In 1971, Archie was the second player chosen in the NFL draft – the number one draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1978. He was the first player in Saints history to be inducted into the Louisiana Superdome Wall of Fame. He concluded his 15-year career in 1985. He was also drafted four times by major league baseball.

    While in pro football, he received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, NOKIA Sugar Bowl Committee, New Orleans Sports Foundation, and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Archie currently serves in a public relations and consulting capacity for several local, regional and national companies. He serves on countless charity and civic boards, primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi. Archie and his wife Olivia reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli.

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Archie Manning’s humorous storytelling is complemented by his Southern charm as he shares the lessons he’s learned about leadership from his prominent football career. Archie illustrates how to think like a leader, set goals like a leader, and act like a leader to raise the bar for everyone at your organization. Grounded in reality, he does not shy away from discussing setbacks and working your way out of hard times, reminding athletic and corporate audiences alike that “Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s triumphs. Only those who have been in the valley can appreciate the view from the mountaintop.”

Leadership Lessons I've Learned as a Player, a Businessman, and a Father
The greatest rewards don't come from winning the game, they come from playing the game. Archie Manning takes this lesson along with countless others to inspire audiences to achieve greatest in their journey for personal and professional success. As a 14-year veteran quarterback and the father of two Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli, Archie Manning knows the importance of instilling and living by four principles for success: leadership, depending on others, being flexible, and playing the game. Manning is ready to coach you and your team to victory with this fail-proof game plan.

We must all develop an attitude of leadership. Every team member must take this attitude on in order for the team to succeed. Each team member should be asking: "What can I do? What is my part in this? How can I help the team? Leadership does not mean overstepping your authority. It means that you take the lead in motivating others.

Depending on Others
High achievers want to stand out and be successful, but everyone needs someone to help them and all successful people have had someone help them at one time or another. When you depend on others you become a developer of people and that is a good thing.

Being Flexible
You should always know how to follow your plan but also, and more importantly, you should know what to do when your plan fails. No matter what the scenario, there is always a better way to do something, to execute it, and this new and better way will always be discovered by someone who is flexible.

Playing the Game
We all love to win and hate to lose, however, the greatest rewards don′t always come from winning the game, they come from playing the game. Success is not a destination it is a journey. There is no road to happiness, happiness is the road. Sales, marketing, your career, your friendships, your family, no matter what the role you should know that you are fortunate to even get to play. Amateurs are those people who play because they want to win. Professionals win because they come to play. Play every down. Wake up every morning, suit up and play the game.

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“Not only was Archie entertaining and motivating, he was also personable and eager to talk with our attendees. It is not often that a luncheon speaker will take questions or, frankly, that an audience would even be interested in talking following a large lunch, but our participants were eager to ask Archie about his experiences as a professional football player, and he gratified them with personal anecdotes and a good dose of humor. From a meeting planner′s perspective, I found him exceptionally easy to work with.”
Laura Jacobs, Program Coordinator, Consumer Bankers Association

“Archie was the keynote speaker at our Annual Patron Luncheon that involves over 1,200 of Nashville′s top business leaders. He did a great job in putting together a message that was built around the tenants of the Boy Scouts of America′s time-honored values while interjecting several entertaining stories of his football career and other life experiences. Archie Manning′s address got rave reviews from our supporters. He′s a great speaker.”
Joe A. Long , Scout Executive, Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America

“Archie brought to our group a real person who had real life experiences in an industry that the majority of people are only spectators to. Archie was able to blend his football field lessons to those on the field of life in a manner that all of our guests were able to identify with and hopefully walk away with an application that can be used. As a person who schedules speakers it is always nice to have someone like Archie come along who can put aside his “celebrity” status and show a real person who just happened to be a high profile football player.”
Curtis J Cullison , Director Advertising and Sales Promotion, SuperValu

“Archie has done an outstanding job for Morgan Keegan addressing our client conferences and seminars on numerous occasions. He is an outstanding gentleman in every way whose messages are filled with inspiration, enlightenment and humor. His experiences growing up in the Mississippi Delta, All American quarterback in college and all pro quarterback in the NFL have given Archie an incredible insight that he shares with his audiences. We look forward to having Archie again.”
Jan L. Gwin, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc.

“Everyone at GSB thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Manning′s presentation as indicated by his standing ovation. He is a great speaker and a warm and friendly person.”
Ruth S. Bonacorso, Assistant to the Director, Graduate School of Banking at LSU

“Archie contributed to the success of two key Sports Illustrated events recently; the NADA (National Automotive Dealer′s Association) dinner for Ford, and Sports Illustrated′s Super Bowl weekend. His thoughtful, insightful and articulate speeches not only added world class value, but were able to set a tone of motivation and humor, which is quite unique in sports marketing. The feedback from our advertisers was enthusiastic and truly appreciative, and we plan to secure Archie′s involvement at future SI related events.”
Christine Rosa , Director, Athlete and Team Relations, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

“Archie is an outstanding motivator our customers and employees alike gravitated to him as a first-class human being and friend.”
William M. Wilcox, Jr., President (Retired), Sales and Dealer Development, Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company

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