Archie Manning played the quarterback position at Ole Miss and in the NFL. He then raised two sons in Peyton and Eli who have a combined four Super Bowl wins between them. Peyton is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and Eli will soon have his day of enshrinement into Canton. So if there’s anyone you should listen to as pertains to the QB position it’s Archie.
Archie Manning joined for a first half breakdown of the Manning Brothers' broadcast 👀 pic.twitter.com/LXNnazzcv2
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 28, 2021
The 2022 Manning Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top signal caller, is the final accolade given during CFB award season. That’s because it takes into account players’ bowl game performances and College Football Playoff performances. This year’s winner was none other than Alabama Crimson Tide first-year starter Bryce Young.
Archie Manning in presenting the Manning Award to Bryce Young today: “I always told my boys, you live to play in big games. If you’re a quarterback at the University of Alabama, you’re going to play in a lot of big games."
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) January 18, 2022
Young also won the Maxwell Award (nation’s best player), the Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s best quarterback) and he was named The Associated Press player of the year. All while leading the Crimson Tide to the doorstep of back-to-back national championships.
BREAKING: Alabama's Bryce Young wins the Heisman Trophy to give the Crimson Tide consecutive winners of college football's most famous individual award. https://t.co/35BxaQpv6w
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 12, 2021
Archie Raves About Young’s Incredible Season, And Especially His Poise In Big Moments:
QB Bryce Young is in a league of his own.
— Mater Dei Football (@MDFootball) November 3, 2019
Manning raved about Young’s play at ’Bama this season in an interview for the Manning Award:
“Throwing for almost 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in your sophomore year, it was just incredible. I’ve gotta tell you, it was real joy to see you play. I watched you play so many times, and I tell my friends, I’ve seen a lot of quarterback play, but I call Bryce a ‘cool customer.’ I’ve just never seen anyone that plays in such a relaxed manner and plays so well. So congratulations, and we’re very proud to honor you with the Manning Award.”
Young thanked Archie and the Manning Award for the honor and for the compliment.
“That’s a huge compliment, a huge honor for it to come from Archie Manning. Just to hear compliments from him, knowing who he is, knowing what he’s seen, and how much he’s experienced, that’s a huge honor just to receive the compliment.
For me, just on the field, a lot of times I do come and play calmly, and for me that’s about finding the best approach for myself individually. I’ve just, through trial and error, learned that’s how I’ve been able to function, that’s just — I guess you could say — my style of approaching these situations. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s for everybody, but for me, it was never about trying to have certain appearance or trying to come off a certain way.”
A few weeks back, Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was also generous with the superlatives and praise when discussing the Alabama QB.
“Bryce young reminds me of a young Russell Wilson,” Lewis said. “He ain’t taking no hits, but when I tell you how his poise in the pocket and the way he scans the field … I mean this kid goes from one, two, three reads. You listen to how he speaks, how he understands the game, Bryce Young. If you want to watch somebody who’s playing the game and doing everything right, Bryce Young is the kid to watch.”
All season Young displayed the poise and moxie that made him the No. 1-ranked quarterback recruit in the class of 2020. Young led the national power Mater Dei Monarchs to the Southern Section and CIF State titles following his junior and senior seasons. In 52 starts he passed for 13,250 and 152 touchdowns. Monarchs head coach Bruce Rollison refers to Young as “the greatest QB in Mater Dei history.”
Young Could Become The Second Player To Ever Win Two Heisman Trophies
Odds to Win the 2022 Heisman Trophy per @betonline_ag :
Bryce Young 13/4
CJ Stroud 5/1
Spencer Rattler 7/1
Caleb Williams 12/1
Tyler Van Dyke 12/1
Kenneth Walker III 14/1
TreVeyon Henderson 16/1
Bijan Robinson 18/1
JT Daniels 18/1
DJ Uiagalelei 22/1
Will Anderson Jr 25/1
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 14, 2021
Despite losing to Georgia in the CFP National Championship Game, Alabama is expected to be ranked No. 1 entering next season, which is no surprise. With the returning Heisman winner solidifying the most important position on the field, they’ll be the favorite to win the CFP title. Young is positioned to make history.
He’ll look to join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only player to win two Heisman awards. Griffin did in 1974 and 1975. But the way Young is wired, he’d love nothing more than to win another CFP national title and avenge his 2021 title loss. Individual awards will take care of themselves.
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