ESPN aired "The Book of Manning" on Tuesday night and the 90-minute documentary about football's first family did not disappoint. Tracing Archie Manning's path from Mississippi prep phenom to Ole Miss standout to patriarch of a tight-knit Southern family that features two No. 1 draft picks and three Lombardi trophies, it was a must-see for any football fan worth his or her salt.
Archie Manning gave filmmakers unprecedented access to the family's archive of photographs and home movies featuring his three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli as they grew up. The most entertaining of those finds, no doubt, was the sequence in which little Peyton Manning, age three, got a tad emotional after being roughoused by his older brother Cooper, age five, in the family's backyard.
The waterworks start at about the one-minute mark of this clip:
Peyton will no doubt take a bit of razzing from his Denver Broncos teammates (or future opponents) if they happened to see this clip, but the four-time MVP has always shown an ability to laugh at his younger days (like when he joked about his tango-dancing skills at a Super Bowl press conference in 2007).
Want to see the whole movie? The "Book of Manning" will re-air on ESPN2 Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Multiple showings are also scheduled on ESPNU and ESPN Classic later this week.