The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, honored football great Archie Manning his sons, Super Bowl 42 champion quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Super Bowl 41 winning quarterback Peyton Manning and their mother, Olivia. Standing inside the chambers of the Mississippi Senate, Archie and Eli Manning accepted Senate Concurrent Resolutions 593, 594 and 598 on behalf of Peyton and Olivia, who did not attend the ceremony. Governor Haley Barbour also issued a proclamation declaring March 10, 2009 as “Manning Day,” in Mississippi.
District 13 Senator Willie Simmons of Cleveland, primary sponsor of the resolutions honoring Archie, Eli and Peyton, said the Manning family’s Mississippi roots, their legacy within the state and their contributions to football made them worthy of the praise.
Now a New Orleans resident, Archie Manning was born and raised in Drew, Mississippi, Simmons’ district, and was a standout quarterback at the University of Mississippi before beginning his professional career with the New Orleans Saints. Eli followed his father’s footsteps and attended the University of Mississippi before beginning his professional career with the New York Giants. Eli recently made Oxford his home.
“I thought it was important that the Mississippi State Legislature and the Governor give recognition to the Manning family who has given so much to the country and to the state of Mississippi in the area of sports and as humanitarians,” Simmons said. “So today we wanted to bring the Manning family to our state Capitol and give them their flowers while they can smell them.”
The resolutions also cited Eli and Peyton Manning’s assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where they assisted with delivery of more than 30,000 pounds of water, Gatorade, baby formula, diapers and pillows. The Mannings started out in the office of Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, signing footballs, photographs, jerseys and other memorabilia for senators, legislative staff and others. Following the presentation the Mannings went to the House of Representatives where they also were received with thunderous applause. The father and son pair then spent time signing autographs for a large and continuous line of visitors to the Capitol before leaving.
District 18 Senator Giles Ward was primary sponsor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 598 that honored Olivia Manning, a Philadelphia native. The Senate also commended the Manning’s son Cooper, a former All-State high school receiver who stopped playing football at the direction of doctors.