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Archie Manning rooting for Colts, accepts award for Saints ... yes, weird

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with his father, former NFL quarterback, Archie Manning. (January 24, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Ok, let’s review:

Archie Manning, former Saints quarterback, current New Orleans resident, father of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, as well as Giants QB Eli Manning.

Rooting for his son to beat his old team. Understandable.

But Archie Manning yesterday accepted an award on behalf of the Saints’ offensive line, which won the Madden Most Valuable Protectors award, given to the league’s top offensive line as voted by the fans. The award is sponsored by Prilosec OTC.

Too bad Manning didn't have that kind of offensive line when he played.

"I never really wanted to know that number,” Manning said of how often he was sacked during his 11 seasons in New Orleans. “It's probably not a record, but I had a pretty good average going there. It was around 40 or 50 (a year). A lot of times, it was my fault.”

The worst year?

"It was 1980, and that was the year we thought we'd be pretty good,” he said. “We'd done pretty well the year before (8-8), and it just fell apart. We'd lost about the first 11 or 12 and [sons] Cooper and Peyton were going to the games. They were 6 and 4 and they're old enough to go and they're enjoying it.”

No Eli?

"Olivia (Manning's wife) is pregnant with Eli,” he said. “I'm having one of those games and about the fourth quarter, Cooper asked Olivia if he and Peyton could boo also. She was looking for a reason to quit going because she was getting pretty big with Eli. And she said, 'That's it. I'm going to check out for 1980.’”

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