Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and his father Archie will give the keynote address at the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show closing general session on Monday, January 9 in Phoenix.
The two-time Super Bowl champ quarterbacked for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos after completing his college career at the University of Tennessee. Peyton has championed numerous charitable organizations, such as the PeyBack Foundation, which he founded in an effort to help underprivileged youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
“In some of his recent television commercials, the NFL retiree seems to be embracing his football retirement, so we’re glad to be able to give him something additional to look forward to,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall in a recent release. “Peyton Manning is a model of success, with a strong work ethic and proven track record of helping others. We look forward to hearing from him about the importance of teamwork and a good game plan. We think the sports star will feel right at home with the superstars of American agriculture.”
Peyton’s father Archie also enjoyed an impressive football career that started at the University of Mississippi — leading his team to the national championship game, finishing top-four in Heisman Trophy voting twice, and twice being named to the All-SEC team. Drafted with the second overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, Archie continued his illustrious football career with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings. Archie has continued to excel post-football, serving as a broadcaster, restaurateur, endorser, founder of the Manning Passing Academy, and philanthropist.
“Our annual convention is like a reunion for agriculture and the Farm Bureau Family,” added Duvall, “so we’re excited that father and son Archie and Peyton will join us and share some of their family’s stories with us.”