Archie Manning: The Star of Superbowl XLIV

Lewis EnglishContributor IJanuary 26, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 14:  (L-R)  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Archie Manning attends the NERF Father's Day Football Throwdown on June 14, 2008 at Chelsea Piers in New York.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

One of life’s great dilemmas, apart from chocolate or vanilla, is the balance between work and family, however not many men have quite the problem Archie Manning faced on Sunday night.

The College Hall of Fame quarterback, who played for the NFC champions New Orleans Saints for 11 years, is also the father of AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning. Some may take the high road and sit on the fence.

Rather than drawing up lists on who he will be supporting the 60 year old ESPN Analyst offered this simple explanation:

“It's a game and I'm going to pull for my son. Sean Payton knows that.  He's a great friend of mine. Drew Brees knows that. That's just the way it is.

Anybody who thinks it's different must not have children."

Manning is a legend is in the “The Big Easy” despite presiding over a largely disappointing era of the New Orleans Saints. His overall record for a starter is an NFL worst 35–101–3 however this is more down to his protection than his skill.

Now living back in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina, Archie Manning could become one of the big story lines for Superbowl XLI especially with this being the first time the Saints have gotten to the Superbowl there will be a big focus on the franchise.

As the face of the Colts his son will also be scrutinised just as he was for Superbowl XVI.

Even though he has made his intentions quite clear regarding who he will be supporting I can imagine a lot of people will be wanting to know his views on both franchises.

Whatever happens I am sure Peyton gets the pick of the steaks in the Manning household over the next few weeks, sorry Cooper.