Cooper Manning

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Cooper Manning
Born (1974-03-06) March 6, 1974 (age 41)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality American
Employer FOX sports
Parent(s) Archie Manning (father)
Olivia Manning (mother)
Relatives Peyton Manning (brother)
Eli Manning (brother)

Cooper Manning (born March 6, 1974) is the oldest son of former professional football player Archie Manning, and the brother of current professional football players Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. As an all-state wide receiver in high school, he planned to play at the University of Mississippi before being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a medical condition that ended his playing career. Beginning in 2015, he began hosting The Manning Hour for Fox Sports.[1]

Early life[edit]

Manning was born to Archie Manning and Olivia Manning in 1974 as their first child. He played football for Isidore Newman School as a wide receiver and had a breakout year his senior year of high school with his brother Peyton Manning throwing all of the passes.[2]

Manning was a highly ranked prospect out of high school and ended up signing with University of Mississippi, Archie Manning's alma mater. When practices started in the summer before school, Manning felt some numbness in his fingers and toes, so he went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to be diagnosed.[3] There he was told that he had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine and pinching of the nerves, a condition usually seen in elderly people;[2] [4] the diagnosis ended his football career.

In honor of Cooper, Peyton donned his brother's jersey number, 18, when he began his professional career in the National Football League in 1998.

Post-football career[edit]

Manning is a partner in the energy firm Howard Weil, which has offices in Houston and New Orleans.[5]

During the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, he hosted his own segment on The Dan Patrick Show, titled "Manning on the Street".[6] On September 13, 2015, Manning joined the broadcast team of Fox NFL Kickoff.[1]


  1. ^ a b Boron, Cindy. "Cooper Manning is almost as funny as Peyton and Eli" The Washington Post (October 11, 2015)
  2. ^ a b Lopretsi, Mike (30 January 2008). "The Other Manning Brother Lives A Life Without Regret". USA Today. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Conway, Tyler. "Cooper Manning's Injury, Aftermath Play Central Role in ESPN's 'Book of Manning'". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Spinal Stenosis". American College of Rheumatology. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cooper Manning Finds Niche in Stocks, Leaving NFL to Brothers". January 29, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cooper Manning Proves To Be The Funniest Of The Manning Brothers". Business Insider. February 1, 2013.