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The ESPN documentary “The Book of Manning” shows a new generation of football fans that Peyton and Eli Manning got their athleticism and acumen from good bloodlines as well as their strong work ethic.
The film, narrated by John Goodman, explores how tragedy shaped one of the most influential families in pro sports history and serves as a reminder of how good Archie Manning was at Ole Miss and during his pro career with the otherwise hapless New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s and `80s.
“What intrigued me about telling the story was … I felt like a lot of people weren’t aware of the career that Archie had and how dynamic of a player he was, especially in college,” director Rory Karpf said. “You go back and you look at some of the old footage of Archie Manning in college, and to me, it’s captivating. He was kind of like Barry Sanders behind center, how athletic he was, and the footage is really breathtaking to watch.”
The film explores the personal and professional life of Archie Manning and how his father’s suicide impacted his life and the way he and his wife, Olivia, raised their three sons, Cooper _ whose football career was cut short by a spinal condition _ Peyton and Eli.
“Oh, the years fly by, that’s just natural,” he said on a conference call in advance of the film’s Tuesday night debut. “You know, if it wasn’t for Peyton and Eli coming along, nobody would know who I was. Maybe a few people in Mississippi, a few old people.
“I never worry much about that. I always had kind of a philosophy, I really enjoyed playing. Gosh, I loved playing.”
He said he enjoyed every step of the journey even though he never came close to the kind of success his sons have enjoyed in the pros, and he’s taken great pride in watching his sons excel at the game he fell in love with.
“You realize that Archie didn’t put pressure on his kids. I think as parents sometimes, whether we mean to or not, we do put pressure. He just gave his kids unconditional support and love,” Karpf said.
“I bothered Archie for months about doing this. He actually turned down the film twice,” Karpf said. “But I’m very annoying and persistent, and so luckily I think I was just so pathetic that he eventually relented and I’m glad he did. So thanks, Archie.”
Archie Manning said he relented in part because the film is part of the “SEC Storied” series, and “we’ve had a great relationship with the conference,” he said. “Mine’s a long one, and both boys made decisions to play in this conference.”
“I think one thing I like so much about the documentary is that Cooper’s role in there is equal to Peyton and Eli’s and that’s the way it should be,” Archie Manning said. “His story of his athletic career being cut short, and then what he went through with the laminectomy and so forth, I can’t tell you how uplifting it was for our family to see how he handled that.
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