Archie Manning: I'd root for Peyton over Saints

NEW YORK — With the Saints and Colts both undefeated, Archie Manning keeps hearing the question: Who would he root for in a Super Bowl between his old team and his son’s club?

The answer is easy for the former New Orleans quarterback. As Manning says, “The Saints are third on my list.” Tied for first, of course, are the squads quarterbacked by his sons, Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts and Eli’s New York Giants.

Not that Manning isn’t thrilled by the success of his former club, for which he starred on losing teams. He still lives in the hurricane-battered city, where long-suffering fans are captivated by the Saints’ 12-0 start.

“They’re no phonies. They’re for real,” Manning said of the Saints on Wednesday at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. “That’s what so great for the city.”

The Associated Press