A star is born.
Peyton Manning, generally guarded about his personal life, brought his baby boy into a media setting Sunday and watched his kid start his own unforgettable two-minute drill. All of 8 months old, Marshall Manning dazzled Indianapolis reporters in his first visit to Lucas Oil Stadium as his father spoke following the latest Colts loss.
While we will have to wait many years to see if the little guy follows in his old man's footsteps into the family business of playing quarterback in the NFL, he's off to a stellar start with the media.
Manning, who hasn't played this season because of off-season neck surgeries, was interviewed about former teammate Marvin Harrison's induction into the Colts Ring of Honor. But he forgot the old Hollywood rule that kids and animals always steal every scene. Marshall, apparently hungry for a post-game spread, attempted to take a bite out of a TV reporter's microphone in this adorable clip from Indianapolis' WTHR-TV.
Marshall and twin sister Mosley had an important Sunday even before visiting the house their father built. "He got baptized today. He and his sister, so it's a big day today," Peyton told reporters with a smile.
Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell attended the baptism and according to the Super Bowl XLI MVP, he was looking for some spiritual help for his disgraceful football team. "Coach Caldwell came to the baptism and said if we win, I'm going to have to get them baptized in Baltimore next weekend," Peyton told WISH-TV.
The Manning family won't have to travel to the Charm City after Carolina's 27-19 victory dropped the Colts to 0-11.
Fox's Chris Myers, who broadcast the game on TV, spoke to Peyton and feels there's a strong chance Manning won't play football again. Myers, speaking with myself and Tomm Looney on Fox Sports Radio, said Peyton told him he's hoping to come back and play again next season, but being a father now he's very concerned about his long-term health. Myers said he believes there's a "better than 50 percent chance" that Manning doesn't return to the NFL.
No decision is expected until the off-season.
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