NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The First Family of Louisiana football never lost sight of their goals. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, the Manning Passing Academy continues to teach and motivate young players
NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning, along with older brother Cooper and dad Archie are always the first to arrive and last to leave. They set out to teach proper fundamentals of the game, help explain offensive and defensive schemes and assist the youth in fully realizing their potential, whether it's a top recruit or someone just learning the game.
Held at Nicholls State in Thibodaux for the past 11 years, the MPA also brings in some of the best collegiate quarterbacks in the country to serve as camp counselors, but the biggest draw for the campers is working side by side with a pair of Super-Bowl winning quarterbacks, who certainly enjoy visiting with friends and family.
"I still meet a lot of people today, guys in their late 20's and 30's, who said they were a camper at the Manning Passing Academy and they had a good time," Peyton Manning said. "It helped their high school experience, and that's really the goal. And the last bonus is four guaranteed days that me and Eli, my dad and Cooper are going to be together. This is the last time I'll see Eli until February. I'll get two or three good visits with my parents and Cooper during the season on a Sunday night. Hopefully after a win, when you're in a good mood. Besides that, you just don't see each other. Those are all added bonuses. And like I said, Jake Delhomme and Brandon Stokley and I got to know each other 20 years ago, we've been great friends since. I played with Brandon two different times. Really proud that those guys were the original college coaches. It's really been a relationship and friendship camp as well."
While Peyton is set to enter his 18th NFL season, Eli is gearing up for his 12th campaign, and now second straight with former Newman and LSU standout receiver Odell Beckham, Junior. 12 of Eli's touchdown 30 passes went to OBJ last fall, and with a now healthy Odell Beckham, Manning says the New York Giants are poised for a very productive offensive season.
"I'm looking forward to the second year of being in this offense," Eli Manning said. "A new offense and having Odell in there healthy for a full year. Having Victor Cruz back, Rueben Randle, another LSU guy, so I feel like we have a lot of weapons on the offense, and excited about the opportunity of getting them the ball and scoring a lot of points."