Where Archie Manning goes, questions about his sons - particularly Peyton - aren't far behind.
And so it was Friday at the Maxwell Football Club's media luncheon.
Archie Manning, the Maxwell's Francis "Reds" Bagnell Award winner for contributions to football, addressed Eli's second Super Bowl title and Peyton's health.
Archie didn't get the million dollar question: Would Peyton would fit into a
system such as the Eagles? We all know the answer. (As if Peyton Manning
couldn't fit into any system.) But that would have been a fun question
for Archie to field. More later on Peyton from Ron Jaworski's perspective.
Instead Archie said he told Peyton "everything is going to work out." Archie also is hopeful Peyton will overcome neck surgery and play in the NFL this season after sitting out the 2011 campaign.
"What I’ve seen he certainly looks like fine as far as throwing and velocity on the ball," Archie Manning said. "He hasn’t had any setbacks throwing. He’s been throwing for two months and has four or five to go before the season starts. The good news as a parent is when the doctors cleared him. The fusion was successful and they cleared him to play. He hasn’t had any setbacks and is throwing the football."
Jaworski, the ESPN analyst, Philadelphia Soul part-owner, Maxwell Club president and former Eagles' quarterback, said the Birds would be crazy if they didn't perform due diligence.