A father-and-son story written into the pages of football folklore, it can be argued that no family has had more influence on a sport than the Mannings. ESPN Films’ SEC Storied ‘The Book of Manning’, premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24th 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
At game’s end, both Mannings were happy it was over. “Post-season is one thing but I don’t believe I’ll make it to the next regular season one so this will be the end of it. I’ll be happy about that and I know our family will and I Eli and I probably both. It’s just as easy,” Peyton said. “It’s a strange feeling. It’s not like beating another team. It’s not quite as enjoyable.”
“Nobody plays better with his back to the wall than Eli. He’s got the inner toughness of his dad and one more ring than his brother to prove it,” one former front office executive said. “If you polled 100 people, 90 would go with Peyton. Eli is just not as talented, but he has done more to earn his stripes than Peyton. Peyton has no flaws. You can’t really compare anybody to him. You’re not going to get anybody voting for Eli except his mother.”