Peyton Manning was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At 6 foot 5 inches and weighing 230 pounds, Manning is one of the bigger quarterbacks in the NFL. From early on in life it was evident that Manning was going to be a great football player. His father, Archie, played quarterback in the NFL, and Peyton was destined to fall in his footsteps.
Manning attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. He started at quarterback for three consecutive seasons, and during this time he racked up some of the best statistics that the state has ever seen. For his career Manning passed for 7,207 yards while leading his team to an overall record of 34-5.
After high school Manning decided to take his game to the University of Tennessee. When everything was said and done he ended up being one of the greatest college football players of all time. He led the school to a 39-6 record over four years by passing for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns.
With the first pick of the 1998 NFL Draft, Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts. In something that is uncommon in today’s day and age, Manning has started every game of his NFL career. This is saying a lot as a quarterback in the NFL.
Manning started his career on the right foot by passing for more than 3,700 yards and 26 touchdowns as a rookie. He set many NFL rookie records, and has continued his record setting ways since then.
During the 2006 season Manning led the Colts to a 12-4 regular season record, and an eventual win in the Super Bowl. This win solidified him as one of the top quarterbacks in the game.
With many years left to play it is safe to say that Manning will continue to put up big stats, and lead his team to victory after victory. When everything is said and done there is a good chance that Manning will finish his career as the best quarterback that the NFL has ever seen.