The father of two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks is joining the crowd praising Indianapolis' effort in hosting Super Bowl XLVI.
"We've had a great week. We've enjoyed Indianapolis. We got here, got to see a lot of family. [We're] proud of Indy. I knew they'd have a jillion volunteers, I knew people would be great hospitality, it has been. The weather's cooperated, great week for Indy. We're proud of the Giants and Eli and we know it's going to be a great game," Archie Manning said.
Two Colts players Saturday also commented how proud they were of the Super Bowl host city.
"We've had a lot of fun and I think our city has shown out and done a great job. I've been in a ton of things downtown and all around our city and I've been impressed with our hospitality and the way that we've shown what we can do about football," said Colts center Jeff Saturday.
"Indianapolis really set it up right. I was thinking five degrees, I was thinking snow, blizzard, here we go. Everything just worked out great, I mean, we just hosted it the way we were supposed to host it, man, the way I though we could. It's good," said defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Manning's son, Eli, will try to win his second Super Bowl with the New York Giants. His other son, Peyton, won Super Bowl XLI in Miami in 2007.
"I think any of the guys that played in one, it just helps you get your routine down. I don't know, I never played in one, but it's gotta be trying to keep a good routine and be normal. But I think once you've been through it once, it's a lot easier the second time," Manning said.
The elder Manning walked the red carpet at the NFL Honors event at the Murat Theater Saturday. He told Eyewitness News he believes Peyton Manning, who missed this season with a neck injury, is on his way to recovery.
"I've been telling him, it will all work out. I think that's all I can tell him as a parent. He's had a great attitude. He's had a great attitude all year and he's just working. He's working hard, he does want to play, so it'll work out," Manning said. "I think he will [play again]. I think he will. I don't go to his workout, I don't ask him. I don't ask him how he's doing. But I know he hasn't had any setbacks and that's a good thing."
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