Peyton Manning Brother: All About Cooper Manning!

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“Once a brother, always a brother no matter the distance, no matter the difference, and no matter the issue.” Byron Pulsifer. Owing to that, Cooper Manning, originally Cooper Archibald Manning, is an American entrepreneur, television personality, and brother of legendary football quarterback Peyton Manning.

A member of the Manning football dynasty, Cooper Manning is also the eldest son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of two times Super Bowl winner Eli Manning.

Cooper himself played football in his high school, but his spinal stenosis diagnosis ended his career.

Nonetheless, his son and Archie Manning’s grandson Arch is a top-rated high school quarterback in the class of 2023.

Peyton Manning's Brother Cooper Manning
Peyton Manning’s Brother Cooper Manning (Source: The Advocate)

Similarly, Cooper is the host of the TV show, The Manning Hour for Fox Sports.

Aside from that, he is a senior managing director of investor relations for AJ Capital Partners.

In this article, we will discuss about Peyton Manning’s eldest brother Cooper Manning, his career, net worth, and many more, so stick till the end of the article.

But before we go further, please check the quick facts:

Peyton Manning Brother | Quick Facts

Birth Name Cooper Archibald Manning
Known As Cooper Manning
Date of Birth March 6, 1974
Birthplace New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Religion Catholic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Father’s Name Archie Manning
Mother’s Name  Olivia Williams Manning
Gender Male
Age 50 Years Old
Profession Entrepreneur & Television Personality
Famous As  Host of TV Show The Manning Hour& Brother of Peyton and Eli Manning
Nationality American
Education Isidore Newman School, University of Mississippi
Height 6 feet 3 inches/1.93 m/193 cm
Weight 198 lbs./90 kg
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Body Type Athletic
Favorite Sports Football & Baseball
Marital Status Married
Spouse/Wife Ellen Heidingsfelder (m. 1999-Present)
Children Arch Manning, Heid Manning, May Manning
Siblings Peyton Manning, Eli Manning
Zodiac Sign  Pisces
Played For Isidore Newman School
Position Wide Receiver
Net Worth $13 Million
Social Media Instagram
Merch  Peyton Manning Signed Framed Jersey, Peyton Manning Signed Photograph 
Last Update June 2024

Peyton Manning Brother | Early Life & Education

Cooper Archibald Manning, better known as Cooper Manning, was born on March 6, 1974, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He is the son of former football quarterback Archie Manning who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, and Olivia Williams Manning.

He grew up along with his two brothers, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.

Both his brothers are former professional football quarterbacks who played in the NFL.

Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning For Newman
Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning For Newman (Source: Pinterest)

Some say Cooper is the least accomplished Manning, but he has done quite good for himself without following the footstep of his father.

Cooper aspired to become a football player as a high schooler and played at Isidore Newman School as a wide receiver.

He had a breakout season as a senior along with his brother Peyton Manning at quarterback.

Cooper was ranked a high prospect out of high school and committed to the University of Mississippi, his father Archie’s alma mater.

However, he had to give up football due to spinal stenosis.

Peyton Manning Brother | Age, Height & Weight

Born on March 6, 1974, Cooper Manning is 50 years old as of 2024.

He falls under the sun sign Pisces, known for being emotionally sensitive, gracious, and aware.

Also, Cooper stands 1.93 m tall and weighs around 198 lbs.

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Peyton Manning Brother | Career

Cooper Manning played football as a wide receiver at Isidore Newman School.

However, after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, his football career ended.

Cooper graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and opted to pursue a business career.

He was a partner of an energy investment boutique Scotia Howard Weil with offices in New Orleans and Houston.

Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning Hosting The College Bowl
Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning Hosting The College Bowl (Source: PRIMETIMER)

Aside from that, Cooper is mainly known for his television endeavors.

He has served as host and co-host of several well-known television shows.

Cooper, along with his brother Peyton co-hosted College Bowl in 2021.

Similarly, he hosted his own segment on The Dan Patrick Show named Manning on the Street during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

He also joined the broadcast team of Fox NFL Kickoff on September 13, 2015.

Peyton Manning Brother | Personal Life

Cooper Manning married the love of his life Ellen Heidingsfelder in 1999.

In fact, Manning converted to Catholicism to marry Ellen.

Ellen was born on 20 December 1968 in the state of Louisiana. She went to the University of Virginia and then to Loyola University’s Law School.

Together they share three children; Arch Manning, Heid Manning, and May Manning.

Cooper Manning's Son Arch Manning
Cooper Manning’s Son Arch Manning (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Even though Manning and Ellen had known each other since childhood, their romantic involvement began much later in their lives.

Their oldest daughter May was born in 2002 and played volleyball at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

She is a freshman at the University of Virginia, her mother’s alma mater.

Similarly, Cooper’s younger son Heid plays alongside Arch at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.

Peyton Manning Brother | Football Stint & Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis

As mentioned before, Cooper played as a football wide receiver at Isidore Newman School.

Highly ranked prospect out of high school, Cooper ended up committing to the University of Mississippi.

However, he felt some numbness in his fingers and toes when practices started in the summer before school.

This led him to visit Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he was told that he had spinal stenosis.

The diagnosis ended his football career.

To provide homage to his brother, his younger brother, Peyton Manning, wore Cooper’s jersey number 18 when he began his professional career in the NFL in 1998.

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About Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is a football quarterback who played in the NFL for 18 seasons.

He spent 14 seasons of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos.

Peyton, aka “The Sherriff,” is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

He is the middle son of former football quarterback Archie Manning and the elder brother of the former NFL quarterback Eli Manning.

Peyton "The Sherriff" Manning
Peyton “The Sherriff” Manning (Source: TODAY)

Hailing from the Manning football dynasty, he was drafted first overall by the Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft.

The legend has two Super Bowl championship rings to his name and was named to the Pro Bowls 14 times.

Coincidentally, Peyton and Eli played against each other three times in the regular seasons throughout their careers.

And these playoffs were colloquially dubbed “The Manning Bowl.”

Similarly, the former quarterback holds a number of NFL records, including 4,000-yard passing seasons, MVP awards, single-season passing touchdowns, and first-team All-Pro selections.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

Father Archie Manning

Father of Cooper Manning and two NFL legends, Archie Manning excelled in a bunch of sporting activities in his high school and college.

He played college football for the Ole Miss Rebels football team at the University of Mississippi. He was the starting quarterback for the team for three years.

In 1969, Archie threw 436 yards and three touchdowns in the first national prime-time broadcast of a college football game.

Similarly, for his outstanding performance on the field, he was named Quarterback of the Quarter Century by several media outlets and publications.

Cooper With His Father Archie Manning
Cooper With His Father Archie Manning (Source: FanSided)

Manning was drafted second overall in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He played for the New Orleans Saints for an astounding ten seasons.

He played with the Saints from 1971 to 1982, with Houston Oilers from 1982 to 1983, and for Minnesota Vikings from 1983 to 1984.

Throughout his career, Archie was elected for two Pro Bowls.

Manning hung his boots in 1984 but never went too far from football. After retirement, he served as an analyst with Saints TV and radio broadcasts.

Similarly, she has worked as a commentator for college football broadcasts for CBS Sports.

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Peyton Manning Brother | Net Worth

Entrepreneur, and television personality, Cooper Manning has a net worth of a staggering $13 million as of 2024.

Perhaps most famous as the brother of Peyton and Eli Manning, Cooper is a successful businessman in his own rights.

The main contributor to his wealth includes his business endeavors and TV hosting gigs.

Moreover, his brothers Eli and Peyton fall among the richest football players in the world.

As of 2024, Peyton Manning has a net worth of a staggering $250 million, and the youngest Eli Manning has a net worth of $160 million.

Peyton, the richest among the Mannings, earned over $18 million in peak NFL salary and, in some years, more than $40 million.

All in all, he earned $248,732,000 in NFL salaries and incentives throughout his playing career.

Peyton Manning Brother | Social Media Presence

Entrepreneur and TV personality Cooper Manning is quite active on social media platforms.

He has over 14.1k followers on Instagram, where he shares professional and professional life updates.


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A post shared by Cooper Manning (@coopermanning)

Similarly, his brother Peyton has over 283k Instagram followers.

Cooper Manning’s Popularity

Cooper Manning's Popularity
Cooper Manning’s Popularity Over The Past Five Years (Source: Google)

Some Unknown Facts About the Mannings

  • Archie Manning’s jersey No. 8 has not been reused by the New Orleans Saints since he left the team halfway through the 1982 season.
  • St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis was renamed Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital because of the charitable contribution he made to the hospital.
  • Peyton Manning’s wife Ashley reportedly owns a minority stake in the NBA team Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Cooper appeared on The Simpsons along with his brothers Eli and Peyton.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Who is the richest Manning?

Peyton is the richest Manning, with a net worth of $250 million. Similarly, Eli comes second with a net worth of $160 million.

Who is the better quarterback, Eli or Peyton Manning?

Peyton Manning has more yards passing per game, a higher career quarterback rating, and a high TD-INT rate.

He outshines Eli in practically every statistic.

How was Cooper Manning paralyzed?

Before his freshman season in 1992, Cooper was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. Because of the risk of paralysis, he ended his football career and focused on business.

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