Peyton Williams Manning was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 24, 1976. A quarterback for the Denver Broncos, he is widely considered to be amongst the greatest quarterbacks ever. Manning has been named as the AP National Football League MVP on five occasions, was the MVP at Super Bowl XLI and was included in the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. Peyton is the son of former NFL star Archie Manning and is the older brother of current NFL player Eli Manning.
Manning attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and was named Circle of Champions National Player of the Year during his high school career. Despite an expectation that he would follow in his father's footsteps and attend the University of Mississippi, Peyton Manning instead committed to the University of Tennessee.
Over the course of his time with the Tennessee Volunteers, Manning set numerous records, including becoming the program's all-time leading passer, with 11,201 yards and 89 passing touchdowns. In his senior year, he led the Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship and was a consensus first-team All-American. He also received the Best College Player ESPY Award, the Maxwell Award, the Johnny Unitas Award and the Davey O'Brien Award.
Manning was selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft and made a swift transition from college to pro football, breaking various rookie records in his first season, including the most touchdown passes. His impressive displays earned him a place in the NFL All-Rookie First Team for that year. During his 14 seasons with the Colts, Manning led the team to eight Division Championships, two AFC Championships and success at Super Bowl XLI. He became the Colts' all-time leader in passing, totalling almost 55,000 yards and 399 touchdown passes. He was named to 11 Pro Bowls and voted NFL MVP for the 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 seasons.
After undergoing two neck surgeries, Manning was forced to sit out of the entire 2011 season. In early 2012, he was released by the Colts and went on to sign for the Denver Broncos. An impressive comeback season saw him named to the Pro Bowl and voted as the Comeback Player of the Year. Then, in 2013, he received his fifth NFL MVP award, was again named to the Pro Bowl and led the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII, where they eventually lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
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