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Cooper Manning Recruited To Play Wide Receiver

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cooper Manning, Archie's oldest son, was born in 1974. At 6'4", he was once an All-State High School wide receiver, and he was considered a hot prospect for the University of Mississippi. He is also the joker of the family, once convincing Peyton to join him in wearing brown paper bags on their heads at one of their father's Saints games.Diagnosed with spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) after extensive testing, his football career was ended.He guest starred in The Simpsons episode "Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou?" with his brothers. He is now a partner in a New Orleans energy investment firm.

Manning was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1979. He went on to conclude his career with the Houston Oilers (1982-1983), and the Minnesota Vikings (1983–1984), where the teams posted a collective record of 6-35. He ended his 13-year career having completed 2,011 of 3,642 passes for 23,911 yards and 125 touchdowns, with 173 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,197 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 2,011 completions ranked 17th in NFL history upon his retirement. His record as a starter was 35–101–3 (26.3%), the worst in NFL history among QB's with at least 100 starts.


Archie Manning attended the University of Mississippi and was the starting quarterback at Ole Miss for three years. In the first national prime time broadcast of a college football game (1969), Manning threw for 436 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 104 yards, in a 33-32 loss to Alabama. That 540-yard performance is still tied for the SEC record for most total yards in a game.

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.

This is a pretty greedy industry,” he said. “I grew up where you weren’t supposed to talk about money. You just never mentioned it. You all of a sudden get into a business where the whole premise of all your clients, all they’re trying to do every day is generate returns and make money 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.

He began the NFC Championship Game in the frozen stands of Lambeau Field. "But at halftime, it's touch and I go, so I decide to move," he said. "Plus, when it's so cold you have to ask the person next to you to zip up your coat because your fingers are frozen, I thought it might be a good idea to take it to the house.

I’ve only got one sibling (she doesn’t have much of an arm but is exceptional at picking up the blitz), but I do have two sons, and the thought of watching one of them compete against the other in a high-stakes matchup on national TV seems brutal. On the other hand, I’d rather have them squaring off in football than, say, tennis, Venus and Serena style, with no teammates to buffer them from the starkness of the showdown.

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