NEW YORK — The grass in the Mannings’ front yard took years to recover.
Archie Manning used to stand on the steps and try to fling the football just out of his sons’ reach in a game they called “Amazing Catches.” The boys would have to make diving, one-handed grabs.
If it was a rainy day, even better — though not for the lawn.
The only problem was that Archie, the former New Orleans Saints quarterback, was too accurate.
Eli and big brother Peyton didn’t throw many bad balls in winning the last two Super Bowls. Peyton earned the game’s MVP award as he quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts to victory in 2007. Eli did the same with the New York Giants this year.
On Saturday, they were tossing around a Nerf football with their dad at an event billed as the world’s largest parent-child catch.
It was an early Father’s Day gathering for Archie, who planned to fly home Sunday to see eldest son Cooper and the grandchildren. Peyton estimated he, Archie and Eli have been together on about four occasions since the Super Bowl. Some guaranteed family time will come next month when they host their football camp.