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Mid-Southerners will recognize several family connections watching Rory Karpf's "The Book of Manning." Mid-Southerners will recognize several family connections watching Rory Karpf's "The Book of Manning."
Now star NFL quarterbacks, Eli filled his father's cleats at Ole Miss while Peyton paved his own way at the University of Tennessee. Now star NFL quarterbacks, Eli filled his father's cleats at Ole Miss while Peyton paved his own way at the University of Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - At Ole Miss, Archie Manning is a legend.  Streets hold his name.  Cars even slow down to 18 miles per hour, because his old jersey number is the campus speed limit.

Archie is the patriarch of a family driven by football, and now his sons, Peyton and Eli, have are carrying on his legacy in Oxford, Knoxville, and in the National Football League.

When Archie Manning returned to his college home for the premiere of a documentary about football's first family, there was a Hollywood feel.

"I love my school and love being here," he said. "I feel a little awkward talking about it myself because it's about me, but I want this crowd here to enjoy it."

Mid-Southerners will recognize several family connections watching Rory Karpf's "The Book of Manning."

"I think it's a little bit about family, and I hope that will be a good thing and a good influence so I think Rory made us proud," said Archie.

Archie and his wife, Olivia, met at Ole Miss.

"The Book of Manning" details the couple raising their three boys Cooper, Peyton, and Eli. Archie said he was not sold on the movie the first time around.

"I didn't stick my nose at it. I kind of gave him permission to do it, and then I reneged on it and went back and let him do it," said Archie.

NFL quarterbacks Eli Manning filled his father's cleats at Ole Miss while Peyton paved his own way at the University of Tennessee.

"He was a mature youngster and he needed to make his own decision and he made a great decision," said Archie.

ESPN's documentary is not the first time the family has been in the spotlight off of the football field.  Eli and Peyton were recently Saturday Night Live hosts.

Over the summer, Archie joined his sons for a popular rap commercial that has been viewed more than 7 million times.

"I'm kind of old for that type of thing but they gave me a little small part. I think Peyton felt like he was a little old for it too so he kind of threw it at Eli, and Eli took the ball with it and ran and Peyton jumped in," said Archie.

Archie probably never imagined his time on the green grass of the Ole Miss football field would lead to a red carpet premiere for a movie about his family's life, but he was humbled by all the people who came to watch.

"We're always glad to be on campus and glad to be around the Ole Miss family, and so it's a great night for us," said Archie.

You can watch "The Book of Manning" on ESPN Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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