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5-time NFL MVP and 2-time Superbowl champion, Peyton Manning has been lauded nationally not only for his athletic ability, but his model leadership style and service mentality. Throughout his 18 years in the NFL, the talented quarterback smashed record after record, while consistently demonstrating integrity and character in how he handled himself on and off the field.
Arguably the most talented quarterback of his generation, Manning’s glowing record consists of 14 Pro Bowl Selections, the NFL Career Record-Holder in Wins (200), Passing Yards (71,940), and Touchdown Passes (539). He has received the “NFL MVP” award more times than any other player.
Manning played most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, who had secured him as the NFL’s first draft pick the year he entered professional football. After a neck injury that caused nerve damage in his right arm, he took a year to recover and retrain. To the surprise of many, he returned to football, this time with the Denver Broncos, and played for four more years, during which he led the Broncos to win Super Bowl 50.
Manning is deeply committed to giving back to the community. Since the early days of his career he has run the “the Peyback Foundation” which focuses on helping disadvantaged kids primarily in the southern U.S. He maintains a close relationship with St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, who renamed their children’s hospital after him. Additionally, during Hurricane Katrina, he and his brother, Eli, served as volunteers distributing relief supplies to residents in need.
Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as one of the leaders in nearly every statistical passing category.
During the 2015/2016 season, Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, making him the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.
Manning entered the NFL in 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick. When he retired, Manning held the records for the most career touchdown passes in league history in addition to ranking first all-time in completions and passing yards.
Named a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press on seven occasions, Manning owns more postseason berths and 300-yard passing games than any quarterback in NFL history. A native of New Orleans, he was named the No. 1 greatest athlete to hail from the state of Louisiana by The Times-Picayune.
In 2013, Manning was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP.
During his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, Manning set club records in nearly every career passing category. He led the franchise to its first World Championship in 36 years during the 2006 season, earning MVP honors in the Colts’ 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
During his time at the University of Tennessee, Manning epitomized the term “student-athlete.” He claimed 43 records at the school, conference and national levels while graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
He led Tennessee to an SEC Championship as a senior in 1997 and earned consensus All-America honors. Following his senior season, Manning was honored with the Sullivan Award for the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership, athletic ability and the ideals of amateurism.
Manning attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, where he was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Manning has continued his efforts off the field and was honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005, the Bart Starr Award in 2015, and the Lincoln Medal in 2017.
Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summitt Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.
The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $13 million of impact to at-risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception.
Manning continues to maintain a strong relationship with St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital (Indianapolis), which in 2007 was renamed the “Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.”
Manning’s father, Archie, was an All-American at the University of Mississippi in 1969 and 1970 and had a 14-year playing career in the NFL with New Orleans (1971-82), Houston (1982-83) and Minnesota (1983-84). His brother, Eli, also attended Ole Miss and was named the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the New York Giants.
Peyton Williams Manning was born on March 24, 1976, in New Orleans. He and Ashley have twins—a boy and a girl, Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson.
NFL legend, Peyton Manning discusses the ups and downs of his 18-year professional football career, highlighting the teamwork, relationships, and communication tactics he attributes to his shining athletic record. Reflecting on the daily life of an NFL player, he frequently notes that football is one of the best examples of an organization whose success hinges on comradery.
Peyton illustrates this dynamic describing how he and his team prepared for games and the quick decisions they would have to make on the field. “‘Peyton, if you see it and you like it, you go with it and we’ll have your back,’” he recalls his coaches’ and teammates’ feedback when he would lay out possible plays. “That’s how it has to be. When you’re making a change, everybody has to be on board, and they have to be prepared for it not to work and they still have to be on board.”
Famed quarterback Peyton Manning draws from decades on the football field to impart powerful and memorable insights on leadership, teamwork, communication, and success. Revered throughout the NFL for his leadership style, Manning illustrates the tools and techniques he used to build relationships and trust with those around him so that their team would be a unified force on the field no matter the circumstances.
Manning’s entertaining and useful advice has been sought by Fortune 500 companies, associations, universities and community events.
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