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"It's part of the deal. Jim Hart, who played 19 seasons for the Cardinals and Redskins from 1966 to 1984, has had three hip replacements, two back surgeries and a knee replacement. "That continues to haunt me," Manning said of the nerve damage. A self-proclaimed "workout warrior," he religiously hit the gym for daily 90-minute training sessions. "I think the wear and tear of professional athletics eventually takes its toll on your body," Cooper Manning said. Archie Manning, right, believes his grandson Arch is ahead of where his sons Peyton, left, and Eli were in the same stage of their careers. "I got beat on some, but everybody does," he said. His balance is shaky, and his grip is weak. ", Other questions:firstname.lastname@example.org. He's proud of his teammates and remains a staunch advocate of the sport of football. "The back issues, I don't know. He's not fighting a terminal disease or degenerative condition. I still work out hard." "I'm very healthy. "My buddies kid me that I've used up all the Medicare," Manning quipped. But they've just kind of worn me out the last five years. Manning said the numbness in his feet makes it feel like he's walking around in wet socks filled with sand. "People can see him not moving as swiftly as he once did, and they'll ask, 'How's your dad?' The self-deprecating Manning wit remains as healthy as ever. Archie, who was home from college for summer vacation, was the first to discover Buddy's dead body. Worst of all, his condition prevents him from actively playing with his eight grandchildren. I miss playing basketball with my grandkids and throwing the football with them." Haunted but undaunted, health issues can't keep Archie Manning down, Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Manning was hesitant to conduct an interview on the subject and reluctantly shared specifics only after repeated prodding. Manning is not unlike many of his contemporaries. All Eyes on Arch Manning to Extend Family's QB Dynasty Arch Manning is the 15-year-old nephew of Peyton and Eli, and may well surpass his passing forebears. Then his health started to unravel in the summer of 2013, after he underwent a 5 1/2-hour back surgery in Memphis. "There's nothing left for them." Stairs are a problem, and he's careful to use handrails whenever possible. But Manning's walk belies his talk. During his first five seasons with the Saints, he was dropped 186 times, the most of any quarterback in the league. "I'm not that limited, I just don't walk that great," Manning said. In the summer of 1969 his father, Buddy Manning, committed suicide. ", Manning is referring to the army of doctors, surgeons and physical therapists he's seen the past 5 years while dealing with a series of ailments. Worst of all, his condition prevents him from actively playing with his eight grandchildren. And next week he will make his annual pilgrimage to Thibodaux to join sons Cooper, Eli and Peyton at the Manning Passing Academy, the 23rd edition of the family's summer quarterback camp. There were two other procedures to repair ulnar nerve pain in both elbows and another in November to fix a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder after a slip in a Montana health club. ", Through it all, he has maintained his trademark humor and humility. He kidded about how the various plates and rods in his body light up the TSA metal detectors at security checkpoints.
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