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Peyton Manning is a former American Football Player who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos in the NFL. He was selected by colts with the overall first pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played as a quarterback and is considered as one of the greatest.
Manning was born on March 24, 1976, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to parents Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning as Peyton Williams Manning. He went to Isidore Newman School in New Orleans for his high school. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts.
19 years of marriage
Peyton is married to Ashley Thompson, for almost two decades. Her next-door neighbor introduced the two after the quarterback's high school. They quickly grew fond of each other and are together ever since.
The love birds got married on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2001, in Memphis, Tennessee. They have two children together, twins Marshal Williams and Mosley Thompson, born on March 31, 2011.
Net Worth: $200 Million
The quarterback has an estimated net worth of $200 million. He earned his riches through his glorious career as a professional footballer. He was drafted into the NFL in 1998 and has played for two teams in his career. He was one of the highest-earning players in the league.
Manning signed his first contract with Indianapolis on July 29, 1998, worth $48 million over six years. He again signed a contract extension in 2004 for 7-years, which was worth $99.2 million. His second extension with Indianapolis came on March 20, 2011, worth $96 million for five years.
In 2012, Peyton made a move to Denver Broncos, where he signed a five-year deal worth $96 million. In his 18-year career span as a footballer, he earned around $249 million from his salary alone.
Outside of Football
The quarterback is also one of the most well-paid athletes outside the field. He has endorsement deals with brands like Buick, Papa Johns, Sony, ESPN, Spring, Master Card, Reebok, and Gatorade. He earns in the rage of $25 million annually from endorsement deals.
According to Forbes, in 2016, he earned $34 million with his overall career earnings, including endorsement amounting to a massive $400 million. This secured his place as the games highest earner $61 million above his brother Eli Manning in second place.
Manning has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2007. He also purchased 21 Papa John's Pizza stores in Colorado in 2012 but sold his stakes in the stores in 2018. He co-authored a book with his father titled Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy. The retired footballer also hosted the ESPY award on July 12, 2017.
Peyton started his charity foundation called "The Peyback Foundation" shortly after starting his career. The foundation helps disadvantaged kids in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Indiana. He, along with his brother, also helped to deliver 30,000 pounds of water, Gatorade, baby formula, and diapers during Hurricane Katrina.
Manning's efforts have not gone unnoticed, and he has received Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under. In 2007, St. Vincent Hospital renamed their children's hospital to "Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent."
Manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. He has secured his hall of fame legacy throughout his 18-year career. He is a five-time MVP in the NFL and has made a total of 14 appearances in the Pro Bowl.
The quarterback has some impressive passing seasons with him crossing the 4000-yard passing for 14 seasons. He also has passed an incredible 5,477 yards in the 2013 season. He is an all-time second in career passing yards (71,940).
Manning is the only quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl with two different franchises. He is also the second oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl behind only Tom Brady, arguably the greatest player to play the game.
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