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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment; Reprint edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061020249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061020247
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It was very well written.
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This is a good insight into the life of Archie and the firm foundation he built for his sons which make the Manning family members great role models.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes football and would enjoy reading about it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on October 18, 2000
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "honey99" on September 14, 2000
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Robishaw on June 21, 2006
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This is an excellent book, written by Archie and Peyton Manning. It starts of with a really painful experience for Archie, and it goes through Archie's entire life and career, and it talks about the begining of Peyton's career and most of his childhood. I would recomend this book to anyone, and to everybody who loves the Manning family, like I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Fischer on December 10, 2006
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Manning is an ideal read for any fan of football, and sets a high bar for other autobiographies by athletes to follow. Manning is about the lives and football careers of father Archie Manning and son Peyton Manning. Archie starts off the book describing his childhood in the quiet, peaceful, but hard life in the small town of Drew, Mississippi. Archie continues chronologically by talking about his career in high school for Drew, college for the University of Mississippi, and finally his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints.

Peyton begins his segment at the end of Archie's by starting straight off with his high school career at Newman. Peyton describes his time in high school, playing with his brother Cooper, by saying "1991 was like no other." Peyton then follows in suit by talking about his time in college at Tennessee and about his continuing career in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.

While Manning can easily entertain any fan of football or fan of the Mannings, someone who is not interested in either should not spend their time reading this book. On the other hand, fans of football or the Mannings would love every page of this book. In my opinion, the beginning of this book is very slow because of Archie's lackluster life in Drew. Although, once Archie begins to talk more about high school, the book begins to pick up by a lot. So in conclusion, any fan of football or admirer of the work of these two great football players will find this book as a very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aaron lemay on March 2, 2004
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Archie and Peyton Manning were the best father-son quarterbacks out there. As a kid Archie wasn't sure what he was going to do with his life. He was just an average kid who loved sports. As a kid Peyton dreamed of being like his father Archie. He continued the family name by breaking more records and leading just as good of a career as Archie.
Archie went to Mississippi college but wasn't sure what sport he wanted to play. He ended up playing football and was very good at it. After college football, Archie was drafted onto the Saints. Archie broke the record for highest paid rookie. When Archie was drafted onto the Saints they were on a bad loosing streak and Archie joining the team didn't change that. For the first time Archie was getting booed. Archie was a very good player but one person doesn't make a team. Eventually Archie's career took off and he became famous.
As a teenager Peyton knew he was going to play football, he just didn't know what college he was going to go to. Peyton was already somewhat famous, being Archie's, son so he had a ton of choices for which college he wanted to go to. Surprisingly, he chose to go to a college other than Mississippi. This was very surprising to his father because Peyton wanted to be just like Archie but chose not to go to the same college. Once he was in the NFL he was, like his father, the highest paid rookie ever. Peyton was drafted onto the Colts and they weren't doing so well when he was drafted. Peyton's rookie year was 3-13, but he broke several team and league records. Peyton's career had skyrocketed just like his father Archie's.
Overall, this was a great book. It tells a lot about Archie and Peyton's careers. I think it was really cool how the book described their feelings and their lives. The book tells a lot of details about their careers and what they were thinking before games or major decisions.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes football and would enjoy reading about it.
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