Peyton Manning was born in 1976 and is a former quarterback for the National Football League (NFL). He is considered one of the most successful quarterbacks of his generation and received multiple awards during his impressive 18-year NFL career. This includes the record for the most playing seasons with at least 4,000 yards passed. He has also won the MVP award a record four times. However, there is a lot more to Peyton Manning than his NFL sporting talents. Here are four unexpected facts that you may not know about Peyton Manning.
1. He comes from a family of sporting stars
You may be surprised to hear that Peyton Manning is not the only professional athlete in his family. Peyton’s father, Archie Manning, played as a quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints and was awarded a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His brother, Eli Manning, is also a former NFL quarterback and played for the New York Giants for 16 seasons. Sources claim that Peyton spoke to his brother every Thursday during the NFL season. While Peyton is arguably the most talented athlete, there is no denying that he comes from an impressive family of sporting stars.
2. He earns over $12,000 per ‘pro’ minute
Peyton’s skills on the pitch built him an impressive wealth during his playing career. According to the Richest Sports League on Cash Lady, Peyton’s net worth is roughly $200 million and he earned a massive $12,531.33 for every ‘pro’ minute that he played during his career. This makes Peyton one of the highest-paid sporting stars in the NFL. A large portion of Peyton’s wealth is due to his NFL contracts, although he also secured various high-value sponsorship deals and endorsements during his career. Peyton has worked alongside some of the biggest brands in the sporting industry include Nike, Rebook, and Gatorade.
3. He has raised over $13 million for charity
Peyton has made substantial contributions to charitable causes during his career. He and his wife set up the Peyback Foundation in 1999. Since then, the charity has raised around $13 million in donations according to sportskeeda.com. The charity focuses on supporting kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Peyton has also had a children’s hospital named after him to recognize his charity work and generous donations over the years. St.Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis was renamed the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in 2007.
4. He never missed a game until an injury in 2011
Peyton Manning was one of the only NFL players to never have missed a game for most of his career. However, in 2011 a serious injury forced him to miss the entire 2011 playing season. Peyton was required to undergo multiple surgeries to address neck pain that was caused by a herniated disk. It is believed that the neck injury was caused at some point during the 2010 NFL playing season. Fortunately, the surgery went well and Peyton was able to return to the NFL for the 2012 playing season. Peyton Manning retired from NFL in March 2016.