Peyton Manning Biography

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning led the National Football League (NFL) with 4,267 passing yards in 2003. He also threw 29 touchdown passes. Manning was named the NFL's most valuable player (MVP) of 2003 by a number of organizations.

Peyton Manning, born in 1976, American football player, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Manning, considered one of the top quarterbacks of his era, is known for his poise, decision-making, passing accuracy, and field vision.


Peyton Williams Manning was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up there. His father, Archie Manning, was an NFL quarterback in the 1970s and early 1980s. After being named a high school All American, Peyton Manning attended the University of Tennessee from 1994 to 1997, where he threw for 11,201 yards and set numerous other school passing records. In his senior year Manning passed for 3,819 yards and 36 touchdowns, finishing second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, the top award in college football.


In 1998 the Colts selected Manning with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. From the first game of his pro career he started at quarterback for Indianapolis. A passing quarterback who rarely runs with the ball, Manning quickly established himself as a standout player, setting NFL rookie records for pass completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes.

In 2002 Manning became the first NFL quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first five seasons, a streak he extended in 2003. That year he threw for 29 touchdowns and a league-leading 4,267 yards, earning a share of the 2003 Associated Press player of the year award (along with Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair).

In 2004 Manning threw for more than 3,000 yards for a seventh straight season, adding to his NFL record. On December 26 of that year he broke the single-season mark for touchdown passes, throwing his 49th scoring pass in an overtime victory against the San Diego Chargers. Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino had previously held the record, with 48 in 1984.

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