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Inside the Manning Passing Academy


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I would not be able to attend this football camp because I wouldn't be able to look at Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning without thinking of them having football in their pants.

Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck are all alumni:

Archie and sons — Cooper, Peyton, Eli — orchestrate the activities with a staff, divvying up responsibilities while working out 1,200 campers who span the globe, hailing from towns as close as Cleveland, Miss., and far away as Oulu, Finland. An economic impact study found that the camp brings $1.8 million into the surrounding communities, and the alumni list includes Andrew Luck, the quarterback who replaced Peyton in Indianapolis, and Russell Wilson, the Seahawk who beat Peyton in February’s Super Bowl.

It was the place where 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh first caught wind of Colin Kaepernick, and was a brief stop on Johnny Manziel’s 2013 Dehydration Tour as he came, worked out and went missing. Manziel was dismissed for disappearing. Depending on the college message board one peruses, he was either dehydrated and his phone died or he enjoyed a mini-Mardi Gras round trip to New Orleans one night. It was the camp’s first public blip in 19 years, but it was also taken care of swiftly. Peyton’s work ethic remains the business model.

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