The Mannings: The Fall and Rise of a Football Family

Ballantine. Aug. 2016. 368p. notes. index. ISBN 9781101883822. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101883846. SPORTS
Archie Manning was a legendary quarterback at the University of Mississippi who spent 16 years on unsuccessful teams in the NFL. He raised three sons including Cooper, whose football career ended with an injury in high school, and two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks: Peyton and Eli. Peyton, a future Hall of Famer, has been the subject of many books, but the only biography of the family was John Underwood's Manning, which largely consisted of first-person accounts by Archie and Peyton. Here, Anderson (The Storm and the Tide) stresses family life and places emphasis on the mantra of Archie and even his father—be a nice person. The first half of this book deals with Archie's life and playing career, although comparatively little is included about his woeful time as a pro. Later chapters detail the upbringing of Archie's sons. Football heroics are the connecting thread but not the main point, as the book tries to depict the distinct personalities of each of the Mannings.
VERDICT An expertly written impressionistic account of the first family of football that will be of wide interest.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing