SAN FRANCISCO — Archie Manning is attending his sixth Super Bowl in the last 10 seasons as the father of one of the game’s two starting quarterbacks. And with all signs pointing to this being the last chance for Peyton Manning, future trips in this role will be dependent on Eli Manning.
“I’m not greedy here, but I’d love for the Giants to get back in this thing again, too,” Archie said Thursday. “One more time would suit me.”
He seemed to think the Giants have not only the quarterback but the new head coach to get there, too.
“I’m impressed with what Ben McAdoo] has done in the last couple of years with the offense with Eli. I was impressed by his press conference,” he said. “I was impressed when some people around the league told me in some other interviews he had he was very impressive. I’m excited for the Giants to try to get better and for Ben to take over.”
Archie added that he sent a letter to Tom Coughlin and that they had a “great conversation” after he stepped down as the only NFL head coach Eli has known in the NFL.
“I can’t tell you what Tom has done for Eli as a man and as a football player,” Archie said. And regarding Eli’s chance to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award on Saturday — he is one of three finalists — Archie said he is just as proud of that accomplishment as he is of Peyton playing in the big game on Sunday.
As for Peyton, Archie said he thinks the older of his quarterbacking sons has found a sense of “peace” after winning the AFC title during a tumultuous season. Although Archie did not speculate on whether Peyton will retire after Sunday’s game, he indicated that winning Super Bowl 50 would be a nice way to put a bow on a Hall of Fame career.
“It’d make me happy,” he said. “I want him to do what he wants to do. Winning this game would be fun.”
Appearing on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” radio show earlier Thursday, Archie also addressed the Al Jazeera America report that alleged Peyton used HGH. Archie said the report is not true. “I didn’t like it,” he said. “I thought it was some pretty shabby journalism.”
Peyton repeatedly has denied the report. Said Archie, “He told me, he said, ‘I didn’t do that.’
“I always had a saying when he was going through everything and he had to talk to a lot of different doctors, trainers and everything, and I always said, ‘No voodoo.’ That was kind of our theme. And he didn’t. He said he didn’t. He didn’t. So that’s kind of a shame, but he handled it and I think his description of the whole thing is pretty accurate.”