Introducing the Release of ‘ONES & TWOS’
Peyton Williams Manning was born on March 24, 1976, to Archie and Olivia Manning, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has two brothers; Cooper, who is two years older and Eli, who is nearly five years younger. Archie Manning (1971 Draft Round One/ Pick 2), Peyton’s father, was a quarterback in the NFL for 15 seasons. Peyton’s mother was Olivia Williams before she married Archie. In 1907, her family founded the legendary Williams Brothers General Store in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She and her three football sons have worked in the family store.
All three Manning Brothers attended and graduated from the prestigious Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Newman is located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, just blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University campuses. In the fall of 2017, Newman had an enrollment of just over 1,000 students. Newman has the reputation of being a football powerhouse; in reality, other than the Mannings, only two other alumni have been in the NFL. Tony Reginelli was the football coach during Peyton’s Newman career; when the Manning graduated in 1994, Reginelli retired with a record of 206-63 as head coach. Reginelli coached at Newman for 33 years; 26 as head football coach. As quarterback for Isidore Newman for three seasons, Manning led the ‘Greenies’ to a 34-5 record, throwing for more than 7,000 yards and was named the 1993 National Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Manning was recruited by every major football program in the country (over 60), many expected that he would follow his father and older brother Cooper to Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Peyton instead elected to attend the University of Tennessee (UT); when Manning arrived at Knoxville in the fall of 1994, he found himself somewhere between third and fourth on coach Phillip Fulmer’s quarterback depth chart. Seven plays into the season, the attrition bug struck the ‘Volunteers,’ starter Jerry Colquitt who sustained a season-ending torn knee ligaments. Manning and two other quarterbacks tried to defeat UCLA but were edged out by the ‘Bruins’ 25—23. In week four, replacement quarterback Todd Helton suffered a similar knee injury which ended his football career.
On October 1, 1994, eighteen-year-old Peyton Manning became the starting quarterback for Tennessee, a position that he would continue for the remainder of his days as a Volunteer. Manning led Tennessee with a record of 8—1 during the rest of the 1994 season. The ‘Vols’ would finish second in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division with a 5—3 record.