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Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise.
He is the son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and Olivia Manning, and the older brother of current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Peyton played college football for the University of Tennessee, where he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.
Manning has started every game in his NFL career and has missed only one snap due to injury. He has missed many other snaps due to large leads. He was the NFL co-MVP in 2003. He shared the honor with Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair. After many football insiders criticized Manning for being 0-3 in the playoffs, he won his first NFL playoff game against the Denver Broncos on January 4, 2004. Manning's Passer Rating in the Colts' playoff games against the Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs was a perfect 158.3. However, he had a difficult AFC championship game against the New England Patriots, throwing four interceptions in a 24-14 loss.
In 2004, Manning became the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time, signing a $99.2m contract for seven years with a $34.5m signing bonus, which averages out to $14.17m annually. Under the contract, Manning is also eligible to earn an extra $19m in incentives.
In addition to his individual achievements, Manning also led the Colts to a 12-4 record and their second consecutive AFC South division title. As a result, he was a near-unanimous selection for the 2004 Associated Press NFL MVP, was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year and Pro Bowl MVP. The Colts' 2004 season ended in New England with a 20-3 loss in the AFC Divisional Playoff game.
- The following season Manning had a spectacular campaign and broke several major NFL records. These include:
- Most touchdown passes in a single season, 49 (previously held by Dan Marino with 48 in 1984)
- Passer-rating in a single season, 121.1 (previously held by Steve Young with 112.8 in 1994)
- Four touchdowns or more in five consecutive games
- Five touchdown passes in four different games in less than twelve months (previously held by Marino)
- Manning is the only NFL player to pass for 4000 yards in 6 consecutive seasons and for 20 touchdowns in 7 consecutive seasons.
- Manning, with wide receiver Marvin Harrison, has the record for QB/WR completions in the history of the NFL. They topped the tandem of Jim Kelly and Andre Reed at 664 completions in 2004.