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It seems somehow fitting that the first pass Peyton Manning, the $48 million man, threw as a professional went for a touchdown. His father Archie Manning, in this team effort from two of football's more interesting quarterbacks, stresses that "My only hard rule [with his sons growing up] was that they finish what they start." Peyton, the All-American Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tennessee, obviously listened to his All-American from Ole Miss father, whose strong right arm almost made the Saints competitive over 12 seasons in New Orleans.

Though both father and son get equal billing, this is really Archie's book, his story, and the story of his family that he wants to tell. He gets the first word and the last in this hybrid joint first-person memoir with chapter intros and structural transitions provided by Sports Illustrated veteran John Underwood. Like most sports biographies, it's rife with inspiration, decisions to be made, challenges to face (Peyton's older brother had to cut short his career when he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal spinal cord disease), tragedy faced (Archie's father killed himself while Archie was in college), and expectations exceeded. But it also has a lot of straight talk from Archie about family and football, and he's not above throwing a few penalty flags on the game. He's loud and clear on college recruiting abuses--as is Peyton. He worries about youth leagues putting pressures to succeed over fun in playing, hates all the taunting and celebrating in the NFL, and thinks there's just too darned much money and too little team loyalty in football's veins these days. The fire still smolders in his belly, and Manning is at its most interesting when he stokes up the flames. --Jeff Silverman

From Publishers Weekly

The Manning familyAArchie (All-American star quarterback who played for Ole Miss and later for the New Orleans Saints); his wife, Olivia (Archie's college sweetheart and homecoming queen); their sons Cooper (whose career ended with a diagnosis of spinal stenosis), Peyton (a former star quarterback for Tennessee whose determination has led the Indianapolis Colts to an incredible turnaround) and Eli (the even-tempered starting quarterback at Ole Miss)Ahas enjoyed a life of success and love based on faith, family and football. Archie and Olivia Manning raised their sons with the philosophy that "it's the right thing to do, so do the right thing." The result, which Archie and Peyton capture so clearly, is a tribute to the values Americans hold in high regard: work hard, stand up for what you believe in, treat each person with respect and be grateful for what you have and for what you have achieved. With the assistance of Underwood (Death of an American Game), the narrative seamlessly flows from Archie's voice to Peyton's as they discuss everything from the meaning of football and Archie's career ups and downs to raising three sons and the game they all play. Besides the celebrations, the Mannings also comment on life in the South ("The stereotyping is repulsive... both ways. All black men aren't noble, all white men aren't swine") and the flip side of fans' fervent partisanship (for example, the slew of hateful letters and calls Archie received when Peyton turned down Ole Miss). Whether or not one is a fan of the gridiron game, the Mannings' book makes for a terrific read about an all-American family.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 5320 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SE7ZOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love football. I've always liked the Mannings. However, this book can't help but make you LOVE the Mannings. I'm so impressed by the way this book was written. I love the honesty by both Peyton and Archie. I feel like I got a glimpse into their lives and I am truly grateful for it. In a time when scandal is all you hear about, this book is a breathe of fresh air, renewing you faith in people.
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I should not even give this piece of trash one star. This is a dark stain on John Underwood's career who was sued over this book as well as both Mannings who lied to him under oath regarding the facts surrounding Peyton's sexual assault of Dr. Jamie Naughright at the University of Tennessee and his continued lies and assailing upon her good name and reputation. Peyton Manning will get his justice some day. But no one should read the lies concocted in this piece of fiction. Why would you buy a book where the author has to pay the plaintiff hundreds of thousands of dollars for malicious lies and slander in a court settlement?
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I grew up watching Archie Manning play for Ole Miss and now cheer for his son, Peyton, with the Colts. Although I knew a lot of Archie's story, this book gives a detailed insider's look at the world of football at all levels and all the changes that have occurred over the past 30 years. It is also a heart-warming story about the Manning family and how they've dealt with everything from Archie's frustrated days playing with the Saints, raising a family in New Orleans (not the easiest place to raise kids!), Peyton's college recruiting process and dealing with Cooper's (their oldest son) life-threatening illness. I always knew that Archie was a humble competitor -- I saw that when he played at Ole Miss -- and it's obviously influenced the way he and his wife raised their sons. In a world where so many kids disrespect authority and eschew hard work, it's refreshing to learn about the Manning kids in another light. And I loved learning all about the behind-the-scenes gyrations of pro football and the college recruiting process.
A fantastic book by two fabulous athletes who also happen to be men of integrity and honor.
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When I tell people I read this book they are very surprised as I attended a competing school and would not allow my children to attend Ole Miss for race issues. But that would be small minded to not enjoy the history of an exceptional Southern American family.
I throughly enjoyed reading this memoir from Archie about his life and journey to sports. He is an exceptional human being with many fine qualities. It's all here: 1. His feelings of the college game, 2. Inducements he may have received at Ole Miss, 3. His feelings of race, 4. life in the NFL, and 5. the good and bad of Southern passion for football and how it effected the recruiting of his sons.
Peyton also wrote some sections and did an excellent job. It's interesting to read his perceptions on such subjects as confrontations with coaches as well as his Tn freshman competition with Brandon Stewart. The story shows his passion and obsession with football and reading some of his stories, you can see where he probably generated some enemies amongst his teamates. He closes one chapter with thoughts of the college game and whether eventually there will be minor league pro teams.
Cooper Manning comes off as the star. What a great guy. You can see Cooper knew how to charm parents, classmates and his parents.
Eli is projected as a quiet, shy kid much like Archie and Olivia is the rock of the family.
I strongly recommend this book if you like football, southern culture, or stories about inspiring American families.
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Don't be fooled by their own versions of the Peyton legacy. They conveniently leave out the whole court-documented sexual assault Peyton committed in his early days and subsequent cover up and dismantling of the victim's career.
Google will lead you to the whole story.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book - just as I thoroughly enjoy watching the Manning's play! Family values are apparent throughout the book and reading about each sons personalities was something I could relate to! Making decisions and being dedicated to their goals, their family and their ethics is refreshing. Congratulations to them all for bringing joy to their fans. I applaud Peyton's decision regarding his playing future. This is a classy family and a fine example of values.Teenagers should find a few good lessons here!
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An excellent view into a football family. I felt this was an honest book on the joys and disappointments of a down to earth family. I now have a good view of a Super Bowl quarterback. This is an good book for a family debating the ups and downs of allowing their sons to play the game
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Way too slanted toward the Manning family. I quit reading it about half way thru because it made the whole manning clan to be eligible for sainthood. I would have liked it to be a more realistic presentation.
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