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Like Father, Like Son
John Ed Bradley
November 15, 1993
Ole Miss will never forget Archie, but Peyton is the Manning of the year with recruiters from Oxford to Ann Arbor
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November 15, 1993

Like Father, Like Son

Ole Miss will never forget Archie, but Peyton is the Manning of the year with recruiters from Oxford to Ann Arbor

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3. Your decision to attend the University of Mississippi will generate unequaled interest and enthusiasm among Ole Miss alumni, fans and supporters.

4. At Ole Miss, you would be exposed to a perennial top-10 school in America for beautiful women.

"You would enjoy that," his mother said one night after reading No. 4. "Ole Miss does have a lot of beautiful girls."

"Yeah, but I can't tell them apart," Peyton said. "They're all blonde and tan."

On and on the list went, ending finally with a declaration that if Peyton became a Rebel, the coach who recruited him would not only be "elated and ecstatic," but also would "ask for (or demand) a raise and probably get it."

The calls start every night at around seven and continue until 10. As soon as he puts the receiver down, another recruiter checks in. Peyton gives his parents a rundown after each conversation. "Hey, Dad, that was Tennessee."

"Tennessee, huh?"

Olivia, seated with her husband in the den, looks up from her crossword puzzle. "What if he goes to Tennessee, Archie?" she asks with weary consternation. "He really likes Tennessee, doesn't he?"

"Tennessee's a great place," Archie replies.

Archie might've been a good football player, but as a father he turned out to be Hall of Fame. After the Saints traded him to the Oilers, in 1982, he leased an apartment in Houston and sometimes got so lonesome for his family that he would hop on a plane after practice and fly to New Orleans for dinner. He would eat, catch up on the news, then fly back to Houston.

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