New Orleans Loves Its Mannings, Colts or Not

Saints take on hometown boy Peyton in Super Bowl
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Archie Manning, center, and his sons Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, pose for a picture at the Manning Passing Academy on Friday, July 11, 2008, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.   (AP Photo/The Houma Courier, Matt Stamey)
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(Newser) – When the New Orleans Saints go marching into their first Super Bowl on Sunday, the man standing between them and the Lombardi Trophy is none other than hometown-boy-made-good Peyton Manning. Since the Saints drafted dad Archie in 1971, the Mannings have been the first family of the Big Easy—from running football camps to charity work following Katrina.

But though the Mannings-New Orleans ties run deep, "I can't cheer against my own son," Archie says. But no matter the outcome, New Orleanians see the big game as a win-win scenario. “As the season unfolded and you saw the success that the Saints and the Colts were having,” the City Council president tells the New York Times, “you kind of hoped that this would be the ultimate matchup.”

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