Peyton Manning Biography
A lot football fans are probably familiar with all-star athlete Peyton Manning’s gridiron exploits, but what about Peyton Manning's biography? What is it that made this incredible player the man he is today?
Manning was born in March 1976 and was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young athlete, Manning distinguished himself on the field at a fairly young age. He attended Isidore Newman School, a private, non-denominational school long known to be a producer of outstanding football players. As you can imagine, Manning played for his high school team and produced outstanding results, leading his team to a 34-5 record for the three seasons he played. Following his senior year at the school, Manning was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year. Moreover, he was the country’s number one recruited quarterback.
Following his graduation from high school, Manning attended the University of Tennessee. At Tennessee Manning had a storied college football career as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers. Manning was the college’s all-time leading passer. He had 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns. Furthermore, he won 39 of the 45 games he participated in; this number broke the Southeastern Conference’s career win record. Following the completion of his university studies, in which he took a bachelors in Speech Communications after his junior year, Manning elected to play out his senior year at Tennessee instead of going pro. During his senior year, he won a series of awards including the Burger King Vincent Draddy Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Maxwell Trophy and the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas awards. He was also named to the GTE Academic All-American team.
Manning went pro in 1998. Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He had an incredible career, earning a number of awards and leading them to a Super Bowl victory in 2007 over the Chicago Bears.