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ESPN Films The Book of Manning premieres Saturday at 8:30pm

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ESPN Films “SEC Storied” Documentary

The Book of Manning

Premieres Saturday September 28 at 8.30pm on ESPN

The film, narrated by John Goodman, explores how tragedy shaped one of the most influential families in professional sports history

The third season of ESPN Films’ “SEC Storied” documentary series will kick off with The Book of Manning on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8.30pm on ESPN. The film will explore the personal and professional life of former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and how the sudden loss of his father impacted his life and the way he and his wife raised their three sons.

ESPN conducted a media conference call in advance of the premiere of The Book of Manning. Archie Manning, director Rory Karpf and ESPN Films executive producer John Dahl discuss the next film in the SEC Storieddocumentary series. Read the transcript here:

A father-and-son story written into the pages of football folklore, it can be argued that no family has had more influence on a sport than the Mannings. Archie – the patriarch – a star quarterback at the University of Mississippi and then with the New Orleans Saints, followed by oldest son Cooper, whose football dreams were cut short by a spinal condition, then sons Peyton and Eli – both of them quarterbacks, All-SEC, number one draft picks, back-to-back Super Bowl champions and MVPs.

Narrated by actor John Goodman, The Book of Manning features revealing interviews with Archie, Olivia, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning along with other family members, friends, former teammates and coaches as well as never-before-seen photos and home movie footage of Archie and his sons.  Through it all, director Rory Karpf explores how a tragedy shaped the course of not only Archie’s life, but his family’s as well.

ESPN Films launched the Storied documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the Storied series features films that focus on the SEC’s recent and more distant past.