Peyton and Archie Manning discussed the values football all-stars share with agriculture’s all-stars at the closing general session of the 2017 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, and his father Archie, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, embody the American spirit of a strong work ethic, teamwork and giving back to others. The Mannings said football all-stars and agriculture all-starts share the values of family, perseverance and hard work.
“There’s a certain amount of toughness that football and farming both take,” said Archie. “Neither is for the faint of heart, and you’ve got to give both all you’ve got.”
Archie enjoyed an impressive college football career at the University of Mississippi that included leading his team to the national championship game, finishing top-four in Heisman Trophy voting twice and twice being named to the All-SEC team. He continued his football career with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. Post-football, Archie has served as a broadcaster, restaurateur, endorser, founder of the Manning Passing Academy and philanthropist.
A future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton embodies what it means to be a professional athlete in this day and age, making a lasting impact both on and off the field.
“When you face adversity, you need the right people on your team, the kind you can count on when times get tough,” said Peyton. He has championed numerous charitable organizations and foundations to further his positive impact on the community, including the PeyBack Foundation, which he founded in an effort to help underprivileged youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee.