The Manning family dynasty could continue long after Eli’s career is over.
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather (Archie) and uncles (Peyton, Eli), Arch Manning — the son of Peyton and Eli’s big brother, Cooper — is currently starring at quarterback at Isidore Newman in New Orleans. Unlike Eli and Peyton, who played on JV teams as freshmen, Archie’s 6-foot-1 namesake earned a starting gig on the varsity team as a freshman.
“He’s probably a little ahead of them as a freshman,” Archie told the Indianapolis Star. “We did the Friday night thing for years and years. We did Saturday and we’ve done Sunday, and it looked like we were about through with that, and here we are on Friday nights again.”
While Arch won’t graduate high school until 2023, he’s already drawn attention from several schools — including Ole Miss (Archie, Eli), and Tennessee (Peyton) — but the family is doing its best to shield him from the early spotlight, preventing the young teenager from speaking with college coaches or the media. Manning has led the Greenies to a 4-0 start, and completed 19-of-27 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in his most recent outing.
“Our theme is, ‘Let’s let Arch be a freshman,'” Archie said. “He’s playing good, he’s on a good team, they’re having a lot of success and having a lot of fun and that’s the way it should be.”
Archie is also thrilled for his oldest son, Cooper, who was a standout high school wide receiver committed to play at Ole Miss, when he was forced to give up the game upon being diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Archie believes Cooper was the best athlete in the family.
“[He] kind of got cheated out of that,” Archie said. “Had to have big time surgery and had to give it up.”
So, Cooper’s two younger brothers took the torch. Now, another one waits.