What Is Peyton Manning's Family History?

Peyton Manning is the middle of three sons born to Elisha Archibald "Archie" Manning III and Olivia Manning. The famous quarterback's paternal grandparents were Elisha Archibald Manning II and Jane Elizabeth Nelson Manning. Cooper Manning is Peyton's older brother and Eli Manning is his younger brother, explains ESPN.

Peyton Manning was born March 24, 1976, in New Orleans, two years after his older brother and five years before his young brother. Manning's father was a legendary quarterback at the University of Mississippi from 1968 to 1970 before playing for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. The quarterback's paternal grandfather owned a farm machinery business in Louisiana.

Archie Manning met his future wife while she was the homecoming queen at Ole Miss at the same time as the family patriarch was setting quarterback records on the field for the Rebels. The two married and their first son was born in 1974.

Manning's paternal grandfather committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 59. Archie Manning didn't speak publicly of the suicide until after Jane Manning's death in 2000. The documentary film "The Book of Manning" explores how the tragic death impacted the way Archie Manning raised his three sons.

Cooper Manning's football career was cut short in 1992 after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis following a vaunted high school career. Eli Manning became a star quarterback for the New York Giants after starting at the University of Mississippi. All three brothers began playing football at young ages in the family's yard in New Orleans. Both Eli and Peyton Manning have led their teams to Super Bowl titles.