A Few Facts and Influences on Peyton Manning

-He is a middle child (take from that what you will)
-He surprised numerous people when he did not choose his father’s Alma Mater Ole Miss (so he makes decisions on his own terms)
-He has donated a small amount of money to politics, but all to Republicans (Kansas is about as conservative a state as it gets)
-He is a hard worker (showed up for camp at Tenn 6 weeks early to train and try to win the starting job as a freshman)
-He is smart (he graduated in 3 years at Tenn with honors & majored in Speech Communications)
-He was married in Memphis (they have good bbq there too!)
-Trent Reznor and Anne Rice were neighbors growing up (take it for what’s it worth)
He has a son named Marshall (after Marshall Faulk-who played in Indy but also in St. Louis)
HIs children have been baptized (so he is obviously a church guy)

From what I can gather from all of this (and what others have said), I see him picking a place where he feels comfortable (as a community) and as far as the coaches go.

“Peyton’s only bad memories came when professional athletics intruded on the family’s homelife. The Saints were the laughingstock of the NFL, and despite some great individual seasons, Archie often bore the brunt of the fans’ ire. In 1982, after he was traded to the Oilers, Archie talked it over with Olivia and they decided the family would stay in New Orleans. Peyton and brothers missed their dad terribly.”

So he’s not going to go to a place where the fans or media will turn against him (why the Jets never made any sense or why I see Miami not making any sense).

“Peyton sought advice from the likes of Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Fran Tarkenton, Roger Staubach, Phil Simms, Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe. Though most told him to skip his final college season, he chose to return to the Vols. The lure of competing for the national championship—and making a run at the Heisman Trophy—was too strong.”

He again did not listen to what a lot of other athletes told him to do and followed his own path.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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