It was Gloria--not Ruth--who caused the stir before "Archie Manning Day" By Ruth's senior year, almost all the whites in the school had fled to a private whites-only academy.
Archie Manning was a small-town kid who graduated first in his class by sheer hard work, endured his father's suicide, suffered through injuries and defeats to become a football legend, then passed his work ethic on to his children.
Manning's co-author, Underwood, said it's unfair to harp on decades-old events to suggest Manning is racially insensitive.
I called Manning at his office in New Orleans and explained the Carter family's concerns about his book.
Support from Archie and Olivia Manning was essential during a recruitment that transcended normal bounds of Southern football zeal.
Before his senior year at New Orleans Isidore Newman High School, on the first day coaches could call recruits, Manning received 23 telephone calls.
Later in the game, Ole Miss responded: ``Peyton Manning - We Love you.