Ah Super Bowl week.
Not only does it mark the culmination of the NFL season and distinguish the champions from the pretenders, but it also tends to throw up a good deal of stories you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to hear about.
And one such story doing the rounds at the moment includes Peyton Manning and the unlikely rapper Lil Wayne. Though it’s difficult to imagine a more bizarre pairing in the same anecdote, Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr, has shed light on a tale he was told by an ex-con. The story in question? You guessed it, it’s about the Manning’s.
“I have a story about Peyton. A guy who has been on the road with us, he was like an uncle to us, he told us this story. When he was in jail, about to come home, he was put on one of those work-release things in New Orleans,” Wayne said.
“Every morning, real early, he would clean the schoolyard of the [Isidore] Newman School [where the Manning kids attended]. Because he was a prisoner, he would have to clean the schoolyard at 4 or 5 in the morning. There was not one morning, 4:30, 5 in the morning, he wouldn’t see Archie, Peyton, Cooper or Eli out on the field.
“He’d see Archie throwing passes to Cooper or Peyton throwing routes to Cooper. I don’t know if people know this, but it was Cooper who was the prodigy. He [the roadie] would tell us the story, you know, like it was destined.”
If Wayne’s story was indeed true then it speaks volumes about the dedication and work ethic of Peyton and his brothers, as well as going some way to explain why they’ve enjoyed so much sporting success as a family.
The middle manning brother has the chance to secure his second Super Bowl title on Sunday, where Lil Wayne could be amongst the hordes of celebrities in attendance.