The 35-year-old Manning, a partner at energy investment firm Howard Weil Inc. in New Orleans, passed up jobs to become a broadcaster or a sports agent because he’d be forever pegged to his younger brother Peyton Manning. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback just won a record fourth National Football League Most Valuable Player award and will lead the team against the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami.Manning, who befriended current Saints quarterback Drew Brees out of a love for “southern hospitality,” said he was due for a culture shock. He now sells energy stocks to institutional investors.
Cooper Manning, who is 6-foot-4, was recruited to play wide receiver at the University of Mississippi. His football career was cut short when his doctors diagnosed a congenital narrowing of the spinal canal. He said he has no regrets about how things turned out.The energy business is kind of a good ol’ boy business,” he said in a telephone interview. “If you can drink a cold beer and make somebody laugh, you can probably get up the ranks quicker than other folks. I kind of fit in.”Cooper Manning said he last saw Brees on Jan. 9, when the Saints quarterback and his wife came to his house to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.