The Manning name is never far from NFL headlines, though in recent weeks it was because Eli Manning’s New York Giants were off to a 0-2 start and the veteran was benched for rookie Daniel Jones.
The family patriarch, Archie Manning, recently chatted with the Indianapolis Star about a variety of topics, including speculation concerning the future of son Peyton.
‘Peyton would like to be back in football’
Since the day he retired after the 2015 season, there has been speculation about what Peyton Manning would do next; some would like to see him in a game-analyst role, perhaps on “Monday Night Football,” and others wondered if he’d take on a role like general manager or perhaps as a franchise president.
Archie affirmed that the latter is more of a possibility.
“Peyton, somewhere along the line, would like to be back in football — in ownership or front office or something,” he said.
But there doesn’t seem to be a timeline for when that could happen.
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Archie noted that right now Peyton has a lot of time for his 8-year-old twins with wife Ashley, and taking a prominent role with an NFL team would change that.
“That would kind of isolate him and right now he’s doing a lot of different things and really enjoying doing a lot of different things,” Archie said. “When Peyton played, he was a grinder," Manning said. "I mean he was up early and late. Now he's just enjoying life.”
Peyton has done some television work, including “Peyton’s Places,” which is currently airing on ESPN+. The 30-episode documentary series revisits key moments in NFL history as part of the league’s 100th anniversary.
Freshman phenom Arch Manning
Archie’s namesake, his grandson, Arch Manning, has been garnering a lot of attention of late as well. Arch is Cooper Manning’s son and a freshman quarterback at Isidore Newman School, the same private school in New Orleans where Cooper, Peyton and Eli (and Odell Beckham Jr.) all starred.
Arch Manning is the starting quarterback as a freshman; his uncles were on junior varsity as freshmen.
Archie said Cooper and the coaches are trying to keep the hype at bay.
“He’s getting a lot of attention. Social media is out there now. That wasn't around when Peyton and Eli and Cooper went through this,” Archie Manning said. “So Cooper and the coach and the people at Newman are really doing a good job. Our theme is, ‘Let’s let Arch be a freshman.’
“He’s really not doing interviews or talking to [college] coaches and those types of things, just trying to play ball.”
Newman is currently 3-0.
“He's on a good team, they’re having a lot of success and having a lot of fun and that’s the way it should be. That’s the one thing I always told my kids and I’ll tell Arch the day before a game: ‘Go have fun,’” Archie said.
He added that he and his wife Olivia can’t believe they’re back on football fields on Friday nights.
“I mean, we did the Friday night thing for years and years,” Archie said. “We did Saturday [for college games] and we've done Sundays [for NFL games] and it looked like we were about through with that and here we are on Friday nights again. But it’s fun. There is no greater institution than high school football.”
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