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Archie Manning      

Former NFL Great & Ambassador of Goodwill

When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie's appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was recently selected as one of 10 outstanding New Orleanians by Family Service of Greater New Orleans and named Hornblower of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America. He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies. He hosts four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.

Archie Manning was born May 19, 1949, in Drew, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American Quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. He was voted Mississippi's Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and recently named Mississippi's Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana and he and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players. Archie was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of other Halls of Fame including Louisiana and Mississippi.

In 1971, Manning was the second player chosen in the NFL draft -- the number one draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1978. He was the first player in Saints history to be inducted into the Louisiana Superdome Wall of Fame. He concluded his 15-year career in 1985. He was also drafted four times by major league baseball.

While in pro football, he received the Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. In 2005 Manning received the Legends award from the Davey O'Brien Foundation and the Aspire award, a tribute to life's coaches, from the Cal Ripken Foundation.

His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, NOKIA Sugar Bowl Committee, New Orleans Sports Foundation, and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Manning and his wife Olivia reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli.

Cooper is an institutional broker in New Orleans, and father of Archie and Olivia's granddaughter, May and grandson, Arch. Peyton is a former All-American at Tennessee. As quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts he was named MVP in the National Football League in 2003 & 2004. Also in 2004 he broke Dan Marino's record by throwing for 49 touchdowns. Eli set 47 school records as quarterback of the Ole Miss Football team and in 2003 received the Maxwell Trophy as the Outstanding Player in College Football. Eli is the quarterback of the New York Giants and was the #1 selection in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Speech Topics

Playing the Game

We all love to win and hate to lose, however, the greatest rewards don't always come from winning the game, they come from playing the game. Motivational speaker Archie Manning touches on the idea that success is not a destination it is a journey. There is no road to happiness, happiness is the road. Sales, marketing, your career, your friendships, your family, no matter what the role you should know that you are fortunate to even get to play. Amateurs are those people who play because they want to win. Professionals win because they come to play. Play every down. Wake up every morning, suit up, and play the game.

Being Flexible

You should always know how to follow your plan but also, and more importantly, you should know what to do when your plan fails. No matter what the scenario, there is always a better way to do something. Archie Manning demonstrates that this new and better way will always be discovered by someone who is flexible.

Depending on Others

High achievers want to stand out and be successful, but everyone needs someone to help them and all successful people have had someone help them at one time or another. Archie Manning explains why it is a good thing to depend on others.


A talented leadership speaker, Archie Manning delivers a unique message: We must all develop an attitude of leadership. Every team member must take this attitude on in order for the team to succeed. Each team member should be asking: "What can I do? What is my part in this? How can I help the team?" Leadership does not mean overstepping your authority. It means that you take the lead in motivating others.




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