The ESPN documentary ''The Book of Manning'' shows a new generation of football fans that Peyton and Eli Manning got their athleticism and acumen from good bloodlines as well as their strong work ethic.
The film, narrated by John Goodman, explores how tragedy shaped one of the most influential families in pro sports history and serves as a reminder of how good Archie Manning was at Ole Miss and during his pro career with the otherwise hapless New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s and `80s.
''What intrigued me about telling the story was ... I felt like a lot of people weren't aware of the career that Archie had and how dynamic of a player he was, especially in college,'' director Rory Karpf said. ''You go back and you look at some of the old footage of Archie Manning in college, and to me, it's captivating. He was kind of like Barry Sanders behind center, how athletic he was, and the footage is really breathtaking to watch.''
The film explores the ...