NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington caught up with Archie Manning in Indianapolis on Saturday, and Archie made it clear that his son, Peyton, wanted no part of the media circus that diverted attention and recognition from his brother Eli leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the Patriots.
“This week, he didn’t want all of this attention,” said Archie. “But I guess maybe it was inevitable because they’re playing the game here (in Indy). But we’re fine. I told Peyton from the get go, ‘it’ll work out. It will work out.’
“He’s doing all that he can to get healthy. That’s all he can do. He’s had a good attitude about it all.”
Archie was asked whether he believes Peyton will be playing football in 2012.
“I feel like he will,” said Archie. “But I’m not a doctor. I know he’s going to make every effort. Because he wants to play so bad, I hope it works out.”