Manning, Peyton Williams

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Peyton Williams Manning, 1976–, American football player, b. New Orleans. Part of a National Football League quarterback dynasty (his father, Archie, led the New Orleans Saints; his brother Eli plays for the New York Giants), Manning was All-America at the Univ. of Tennessee. The number-one pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, he became the most successful passer in Colts history. With a powerful arm, pinpoint accuracy, and an ability to read the defense, he twice led the Colts to the Super Bowl, winning in 2007 (when he was named game MVP) and losing in 2010. He was released by the Colts in 2012 after missing the 2011 season due to injury. Signed by the Denver Broncos, he led them in 2013 to the Super Bowl, where they lost; that year he also set the season record for most touchdown passes (55). Manning has been named the NFL's MVP a record four times (2003–4, 2008–9), surpassing Brett Favre; in 2014 he broke Favre's record (508) for most career touchdown passes.

See his Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy (2000), with Archie Manning.