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Peyton and Eli Manning hands on at their football camp

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It seems like every NFL player has a football camp this time of year, some more involved than others.

For some, an appearance, a chat and his name on a T-shirt is the extent of the involvement, but that’s not how it works at the Manning Passing Academy.

Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, along with their father Archie and brother Cooper, are hands-on participants, however.

I like coaching,” Peyton said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “I don’t want to say coaching. I enjoy teaching and talking football. Eli and I, our goal is we try to touch every single kid. We try to coach every single kid, roam around and try to have some interaction with the kid, whether on a footwork drill or to just meet with him.”

Archie Manning started the camp 17 years ago, and it has become an institution, with 120 coaches which include 40 starting quarterbacks from the college ranks. But the first family is fully engaged, even sharing a dorm suite same as the other campers at Nicholls State University. (For the record, Peyton and Eli share a room on one side, dad and Cooper the other).

“We’re right in the middle of it with all the campers,” Peyton said.

That’s not to say other players aren’t involved in their camps. But it would be easy for quarterbacks as accomplished as the Manning Brothers to parachute in, take some pictures and split. But that’s not what they do.

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12 Responses to “Peyton and Eli Manning hands on at their football camp”
  1. greengayfackers says: Jul 14, 2012 9:54 AM

    Class!

  2. wildbillesq says: Jul 14, 2012 10:06 AM

    A true football family. Gotta love these guys. Stay classy, Manning family!

  3. scoz22 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:09 AM

    ‘Eli and I, our goal is we try to touch every single kid.’

    Not the best choice of words Peyton.

  4. worldchampsbaby says: Jul 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    Archie and Olivia raised them right!

  5. tremoluxman says: Jul 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    They may not be my favorite players, but I respect both very much for their work in this area.

  6. cowboyscanada says: Jul 14, 2012 11:05 AM

    I am not a fan at all of the Mannings, but this is pretty classy.

  7. dcalisto1 says: Jul 14, 2012 11:28 AM

    Didn’t you mean ” stay classy San Diego” ?

  8. godlovesbroncos1 says: Jul 14, 2012 11:33 AM

    May God continue to BLESS the Manning Family for the way they give back to the kids and to the sport of football the way they do, & for ALWAYS LIVING BEYOND REPROACH!! Let’s don’t forget sportsmanship either. These are REAL MEN.

  9. datageek94 says: Jul 14, 2012 3:11 PM

    The very essence of the athlete role model. Good for them.

    It would be fantastic if certain other players would follow their lead.

  10. spikesbg says: Jul 14, 2012 3:17 PM

    2 of the classiest men to ever play the game! Ohra for their efforts in the communities they live in

  11. 2fleas says: Jul 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    These guys are great. No off the field drama.

  12. victorycruz says: Jul 15, 2012 5:03 PM

    I’m a huge Giants fan, and I just want to mention how good it feels to know I can wake up each and every morning and go to ESPN and know I won’t be reading any headlines about either Eli or Peyton being involved in DUI’s, domestic violence, rape, and etc… It’s really rare to to see ppl lead by example cause we all know that talk is cheap, go out there and show what and who you are. We need more Mannings and Tebows out there to get rid of the bad boy look in the NFL. Love them or hate them, but you gotta respect them.

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