Peyton and Eli Manning hands on at their football camp


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.