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Cooper Manning: Older Brother Of Peyton And Eli Loses NFL Dream, Finds Another Path

Cooper Manning: Older Brother Of Peyton And Eli Loses NFL Dream, Finds Another Path

Cooper Manning could have joined his younger brothers Peyton and Eli in the NFL, but a rare medical condition ended his playing days and forced the eldest son of Archie Manning to find another path to success.

Long before Peyton was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and Eli was beating Tom Brady for two Super Bowl rings, their older brother Cooper was excelling on the football field. As a top high school prospect, many believed Cooper Manning had a path to the NFL, but a rare spinal injury ended his dreams.

Today Cooper has found a different path than his brothers, working for the energy firm Howard Weil as an energy broker. Though he may not be as well-known as his brothers and has never starred in a commercial, Cooper has still managed to rise to the top of his field.

Cooper Manning stole a bit of the spotlight from his famous brothers earlier this year when ESPN aired the documentary The Book of Manning. The program focused on how former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning shaped his sons into football stars who have won a combined three Super Bowl rings and made 15 Pro Bowl appearances.

Archie was originally supposed to take a lead role in the documentary, but after he changed his mind Cooper Manning decided to step in.

“Dad initially did some stuff and then decided he just didn’t want to do it and put it on hold,” Cooper Manning told For The Win. “(Filmmaker) Rory (Karpf) almost had a heart attack when he found that out but then my mother was really the driver to get dad back and say ‘let’s pursue it.’ I think she felt that their grandchildren needed to see a side of him and some of the details they wouldn’t see otherwise. My mom is to blame for reigniting the whole project.”

Cooper Manning had a chance to be as famous as his brothers Peyton and Eli. At age 18 he was one of the most sought-after high school football players, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver who had just committed to Ole Miss. But he was diagnosed with a spinal condition that forced him to give up football entirely.

Cooper said though his own NFL dreams came to an end, he still revels in watching his brothers play every week.

“I feel pretty lucky to have two brothers to cheer for every Sunday,” Cooper told reporters in the week before Peyton’s second Super Bowl. “I’m not a jealous guy. I’m excited to have a little bit of skin in the game here. My glass is full as it is.””I’m a happy camper. The fact that I have brothers who have been involved in three of the last four Super Bowls is hard to put into words.”And Cooper Manning isn’t doing too badly for himself, either. His work as an energy trader has given Cooper a net worth of approximately $15 million.

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15 Responses to “Cooper Manning: Older Brother Of Peyton And Eli Loses NFL Dream, Finds Another Path”

  1. David Daniels

    So???? I don't know about any of you but I wish the ENTIRE Manning clan, beginning with loud mouth, ex HACK NFL QB, Archie would DIE AND GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    From what I read , long ago, he was the best of the 3 of them . He didn't have to be too good to be better than the Fake the Giants ended up with. The old man took the Red Eye out to San Diego , the night before the Draft to tell the Chargers not to draft old Eli , Eli Oh.. And if they did , he said, he would sit Eli down for a year and they ( the Chargers ) might even end up without Rivers. And so the Blackmail worked for Sonny Boy who the older brother use to bat around to stop him from becoming a Momma's Boy. All those MVP trophies ? Hell , up until this year , he use to go into the Locker-Room , with his Uniform cleaner than when he came out. . The Team was built around him as was the Colts for Peyton. But when things go tough for Peyton , he sucked it up and with his brain , found another way to win. Not hang his head or blame his receivers for running the wrong route. He's a Momma's boy Cooper and I'm afraid you failed at that job. But then again , so did the NFL Brass when the let your old man get away with it

  3. Anonymous

    Logan Via Methinks , thou should be around when the Owners are counting their $ Millions.

  4. Stacey Dull

    Are the Mannings overexposed? In a lot of ways, yes. But I look at it this way, they (most of the time) get exposure for all of the right reasons in professional sports. If my son wanted to be "like" a sports star, I'd pick Peyton or Eli long before Hernandez, Vick, Suh, or Cutler, etc. (for example).

  5. Anne K Johnsonn

    Not every article needs to fall under the hard definition of "news."

  6. Anonymous

    peyton and eli earned their money based on merit; whereas cooper was handed a kush, high-paying job because of his name.

  7. David Loesch

    Networth, is nobodies business good for him. But with all the crack pots out there you put his family at risk. And there is no price tag for that just say he's good at what at what they do. And the Manning's rasied three fine son's.

  8. K. Emil Brainchild

    word! why was this at the top of my Yahoo feed? I thought something bad happened to him. LOL So Cooper is trending right now because he makes 15 million dollars a year? Oh snap, let me break out the champagne! Is he single? Is he trying to get the ladies or something? Hey Ladies!! Read this article quick, this dude is RICH!! And he didnt even have to join the NFL. Manning blood, get some in you, reproduce with the manning seed!! :-p

  9. David Loesch

    Networth, is nobodies business good for him. But with all the crack pots out there you put his family at risk. And there is no price tag for that just say he's good at what at what they do. And the Manning's rasied three fine son's.

  10. Cindy MacDonald

    You shouldn't be allowed to post, David. You sound like a kid who was beaten by someone in your 6th grade class and are now online to get back at their parents. Boo hoo. Grow up, will you?!!!!!!!!!!!