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Archie Manning      

Former NFL Great & Ambassador of Goodwill

Though Archie Manning's legacy may have began on the field, he continues to captivate audiences from the lectern discussing his phenomenal career and transition into the business world. He serves as a public relations and business consultant for several local, regional and national companies, including Reebok, Gatorade, Direct TV and CBS Sports.

He attended the University of Mississippi where he was an All-American Quarterback and his number was retired. He was voted Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and was 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, New Orleans Saints selected Archie for their first-round draft pick. He set multiple Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFC 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.

During his career, he earned 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 Archie 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. Archie was honored by the United States Sports Academy with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. He recently received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award, the Silver Buffalo.

Archie supports of variety of nonprofit and profit organizations, including the Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, and New Orleans Sports Foundation. He was recently named Chairman of the Board of the National Football Foundation. For over 25 years he has hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

Archie and his wife Olivia were recipients of the National Pathfinder Award for their work in post-Hurricane Katrina.

Archie and Peyton wrote Manning: A Father, His Sons and A Football Legacy. The family has held the Manning Passing Academy, a summer camp for high school quarterbacks and receivers, for over 17 years. Archie is also an owner of Manning’s, a sports-themed restaurant on Fulton Street in New Orleans. In honor of the Mannings’ college football success, the Sugar Bowl has created the Manning Award to go to the nation’s best college quarterback.

Archie and Olivia reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. They are the proud grandparents of three boys and three girls. Archie was recently selected Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council.

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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