September 23, 2013, 6:56 pm
ESPN SEC Storied series will kickoff its third season tomorrow as it takes a look inside the first family of football, the Mannings. Rory Karpf, Director of The Book of Manning joined Chad on Flight 750 Monday to talk about his work with the film.Karpf insists that Archie Manning was a quarterback that was truly ahead of his time.
“This guy was kind of like RG3 or Michael Vick behind center – He was a running quarterback before that was en vogue. And he was so athletic. When you think of Peyton and Eli, you don’t necessarily think of great out of pocket runners but Archie, he was breathtaking to watch.”
Karpf also talked about how Archie was able to move on from one the toughest moments of in his life, when his father committed suicide while he was in college at Ole Miss.
“I think football kind of provided a sanctuary for him, a bit of an escape. I also think he really leaned on [Olivia] his girlfriend at the time, who is now his wife. I don’t think it’s something you ever necessarily get over, but I definitely think it influenced how he chose to be a parent and making sure that he was always present in his sons’ lives.”
Karpf also talked about how the other Manning, Cooper has dealt with the success of his younger brothers.
“He’s very well adjusted and very comfortable in his own skin and happy with his life. He’s truly happy. And I think a part of that comes from him being very grateful just to be alive because he really came close to not making it.”
And finally Karpf discussed how Peyton and Eli Manning are similar and different.
“They're different in that Peyton is a much more “A” type personality. He’s very regimented and on a schedule. Eli’s much more chill and laid back. They’re both very competitive but just in different ways.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to watch the Book of Manning as it debuts tomorrow at 5:00pm.