In between breaking football records and winning Superbowls, NFL star quarterbacks and brothers, Peyton and Eli Manning teamed up with their father Archie (who was also an NFL quarterback, playing from 1971-1984) to write to a book. That's right. They are amazing football players AND they are also authors of a picture book called Family Huddle. But that's not all. They are also super-nice guys! They have joined the Scholastic charity program, Classrooms Care to help donate books to kids in need. Want to get involved too? Visit the Classrooms Care website to see a special kickoff video, then sign up to help.
Read on to find out more about their book, and their advice to all you future professional athletes. . .
Q: What do you hope children will take away from your new children’s book, Family Huddle?
ELI: I hope kids will feel like a part of our family and see what fun we had visiting relatives and of course, playing football. Having a good time with your family no matter what you do is the point of the book.
PEYTON: I hope kids will laugh at some of the fun we had running some football plays based on everyday life. Family Huddle is just about having fun together and hopefully readers will feel the same way.
Q: Were you big readers when you were kids?
PEYTON: We read every day and still do! When we were very young our parents and family read to us. That gave us a genuine love of books. As we got older, our parents gave us a lot of freedom to choose the books we wanted to read for ourselves and that really motivated us.
ELI: It’s something we didn’t really think about when we were kids—books were just part of our daily routine.
Q: If you could give a child aspiring to play a sport professionally one piece of advice, what would it be?
PEYTON: Give it all you’ve got and don’t let anyone convince you that you can’t do something! That’s a lesson that’s not just about sports, but about how you pursue any passion you might have. Our parents never put pressure on us to become athletes. They gave us complete freedom to pursue our passions. And having a passion and working hard will pay off no matter what goal you have.
ELI: Be willing to work hard. No matter how much innate talent you have for something, if you want to be great you have to work hard—really hard. And down the road, when you’ve accomplished something, you’ll be able to look back at what it took to get there and you’ll feel an amazing sense of pride.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer