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Height: 6' 5"
- Peyton wasn’t
the only star athlete at the Isidore Newman School. Randy Livingston,
a Parade All-America and co-National Player of the Year with
Jason Kidd in 1992, also attended Newman. Peyton was a reserve guard
his freshman and sophomore years behind Livingston. He also played baseball
for the Greenies, making second-team All-State at shortstop as a senior.
- Prior to the 1996
Tennessee-Florida game, with thousands of students camping out for tickets,
Peyton had 20 pizzas delivered to those stranded at the end of line.
- Peyton's most notable
blunder at Tennessee came when he mooned a friend during a physical,
a gag that offended assistant trainer Jamie Whited. She reported the
incident, and Peyton was barred from eating with the team for two weeks.
- Peyton ended his
Tennessee career as the SEC leader in wins (39), completions (863),
passing yards (11,201), completion percentage (62.49) and 300+-yard
- At 22 years, five
months and 13 days, Peyton was the seventh-youngest starting quarterback
in NFL history. Just ahead of him on that list was his father (22 years
and four months for New Orleans in 1971).
- Peyton tossed 100
touchdown passes in his first 56 NFL games. Only Dan Marino and Johnny
Unitas reached this plateau faster.
- In 1999, Peyton
teamed with Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison to become just the second
trio of 4,000-1,500-1,500 performers in NFL history. The first to do
it were Scott Mitchell, Barry Sanders and Herman Moore for the Detroit
Lions in 1995.
- Peyton is the only
quarterback in NFL history to open a career with six straight 3,000+-yard
- Peyton and Steve
McNair were just the third pair to share NFL MVP honors. The others
were Favre and Barry Sanders (1997), and Norm Van Brocklin and Joe Schmidt
- In 2003, Peyton
passed for at least 25 TDs for the sixth season in a row. He broke the
record of five set by Marino and Brett Favre.
- In 2004, Peyton's
13 straight games with two or more touchdowns to start a season broke
Johnny Unitas’ record of 12.
- In 2006, Peyton
led the AFC in passing yards and the NFL in touchdowns and quarterback
- Peyton and Marvin
Harrison reached the 100-touchdown plateau in 2006—they are the
only passer-receiver combo to reach triple-digits.
- In 2007, Peyton became the first quarterback to defeat the other 31 NFL teams in the regular season.
- In December of 2008, Peyton set a record for the highest completion percentage in one month in NFL history (minimum of 75 attempts): 81.8%.
- In 2008, Peyton won AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times. He passed Dan Marino, winning the award 19 times since it originated in 1984.
- In 2009, Peyton moved past Fran Tarkenton into fourth place on the all-time touchdown list for quarterbacks.
- In 2009, Peyton increased his NFL-record streak of seasons with 25-plus TD passes to 12.
- Peyton was named to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2009. This tied a team mark shared by Jim Parker, Johnny Unitas and Marvin Harrison.
- In 2009, Peyton broke his own record when he surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the 10th time in his career.
- Peyton’s 433 passing yards against the Houston Texans in 2010 was the fourth-hightest opening-day total in NFL history.
- In 2010, Peyton became the first quarterback to lead an NFL team to nine straight playoff appearances.
- In his final regular season game as a Colt, Peyton led the team on a fourth-quarter game-winning drive for the 46th time in his career.
- Peyton holds the Pro Bowl record for career TD passes with 13.
- Peyton is the only
quarterback in history to surpass 3,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns
in each of his first ten NFL seasons.
- Peyton completed more passes for more yards and more touchdowns in his first 12 NFL seasons than any quarterback in history.
- Peyton holds the NFL record for most 12-win seasons.
- Peyton and Marvin Harrison hold five NFL tandem passing records, including most completions (953) and most touchdowns (112).
- Peyton finished his career with the Colts as the team’s all-time leader in passing yards (54,828), completions (4,682), touchdowns (399) and QB Rating (94.9).
- When Peyton joined the Broncos, he found that #18 had been retired to honor the team’s first quarterback, Frank Tripucka. The 84-year-old Tripucka graciously agreed to let the team un-retire the number..
nickname with the Colts is R2D2, after the character from the Star
- Peyton is very
close to both of his brothers. He and Eli talk on the phone every Thursday
during the football season.
- Peyton opened the
Manning Passing Academy in 1998. One of the better known graduates of
the quarterback camp is Patrick Ramsey, starting quarterback for the
Washington Redskins. Today Ramsey works as a camp counselor every summer.
- Peyton likes to
work on the computer. Much of his time spent online is answering fan
mail at his web site, www.peytonmanning.com. The question he gets most
often is, “Who’s the hardest hitter?”
- Peyton is very
involved in charitable causes. A national spokesman for CASA (Court
Appointed Special Advocates for children), he has also worked with St.
Vincent Hospitals and Health Services in Indianapolis to create Peyton’s
Playbook, a guide for children about the importance of living right.
In addtion, Peyton is a loyal supporter of Special Olympics. In 2009, his PeyBack Foundation sent more than $500,000 to over 100 community agencies.
- Among the Mannings’
neighbors in New Orleans were bestselling author Anne Rice and Trent
Reznor, lead singer of “Nine Inch Nails.”
- Peyton graduated
from Tennessee cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication.
He also minored in business and finished school with a 3.61GPA. After
his NFL career, Peyton plans to earn a master’s degree in sports
- Peyton met his
wife, Ashley (Thompson), during his freshman year at Tennessee. They
were married in May of 2001.
- Peyton says one
of his best friends outside of football is future hoops Hall of Famer
Reggie Miller. The two met at a photo shoot in 2002, and now get together
a couple of times a month for dinner.
- Peyton and his brothers did voiceovers on an episode of The Simpsons in 2009.
Dan Marino, 1992
Norm Van Brocklin,
Joe Schmidt, 1963
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