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ESPN to open “The Book of Manning”

U.S. net ESPN is to kick off the third season of ESPN Films' 'SEC Storied' series this fall with The Book of Manning (pictured), a doc looking at former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.
July 17, 2013

U.S. net ESPN is to kick off the third season of ESPN Films’ ‘SEC Storied’ series this fall with The Book of Manning (pictured), a doc looking at former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.

Premiering on September 24 at 8 p.m. EST, the film promises to explore the personal and professional life of the former Ole Miss quarterback, examining how the sudden loss of his father impacted his life, and the way he and his wife Olivia have raised their three sons.

Narrated by actor John Goodman, the doc features interviews with Archie, Olivia, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning, along with other family members, friends, former teammates and coaches.

“This film offers the kind of personal and poignant look at Archie Manning and his family that hasn’t been seen before,” said ESPN Films executive producer John Dahl. “Through intimate details and insights to previously unseen material, viewers will gain a powerful understanding of how this has arguably become one of the most influential families ever, in any sport.”

The doc’s director Rory Karpf added: “We expected to make a film about football’s most famous family, but instead made a film simply about family. Making The Book of Manning has been one of the most educational and enriching experiences in my career.”

ESPN Films launched the ‘Storied’ documentary series in September 2011, in a bid to allow fans to explore the athletic history of the Southeastern Conference.

Check out the trailer for The Book of Manning below:

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