While the two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning Preferring to keep his marriage and personal life private, he has not withheld any love for his family, including the #1 cheerleader and his wife for more than two decades, Ashley Manning (Ne Thompson).
The couple married in 2001 after she was introduced to Ashley’s parents’ next-door neighbor and welcomed their twins, Marshall and Mosley, 10 years later.
When Peyton and the Denver Broncos Won the Super Bowl in 2016said CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I want to go kiss my wife and kids. I want to go hug my family.”
From her career as a real estate mogul to her relationship with the NFL superstar, here’s everything you need to know about Peyton Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning.
She and Peyton met when they were in college
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Ashley met Peyton in her hometown the summer before the soccer star’s first year in University of Tennessee. Ashley was introduced to Peyton by her parents’ next-door neighbor.
In the quarterback book, Manning, father of his sons, and a football legacyPeyton remembers meeting his wife for the first time. “It was in August, at one of the few fraternity parties I went to,” he wrote. “We were introduced and only spoke for a short time. I didn’t make a huge first impression (she later said my pastel shirt was a flanker) but I was definitely impressed.” He continued, “With all her qualities, I think what I am most happy about Ashley, though, is that she loved me for what I am, not what I was.”
Ashley was attending the University of Virginia at the time, but the couple continued their long-distance dating.
I attended the University of Virginia
The Memphis native graduated from the University of Virginia in 1997.
Peyton said during a speech at University of Virginia Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony. “My wife, Ashley, is the smartest person I know and I know a lot of that has to do with her four years here at UVA.”
“I am very independent,” Ashley said too Indianapolis Women’s Magazine in 2006. “I do a lot of my own stuff.” She continued, “I like to stay out of the limelight; people may think I’m aloof, but I’m not shy in any way, but I always let Peyton shine.”
She is a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies
In 2012, Ashley applied to be a minority owner for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies in Tennessee, according to Denver Post.
“I am very excited about the commitment to join the pool of potential new ownership in the Memphis Grizzlies,” she said in a statement. “As a native of Memphis, it was important to me that the Grizzlies remain in Tennessee and that they continue to make a positive impact on the community.”
Peyton has been very supportive of his wife’s business venture and said in a statement to Denver Post“While my focus is playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos, I look forward to watching her partner with her hometown team.”
She and Peyton got married on St. Patrick’s Day in 2001
The couple tied the knot on March 17, 2001. According to Archie Manning, father of the groom and former New Orleans Saints player, this was no small affair. “It’s a big wedding, maybe 600 people or so,” Peyton’s father He said.
The wedding came as a surprise to most fans as the couple decided to keep their engagement secret. “Peton didn’t want it to be a story during the football season,” Archie added.
She and Peyton welcomed twins in 2011
In 2011, Ashley gave birth to twins: Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson. While the couple prefers to keep their children out of the spotlight, Peyton has shared some details about them over the years.
The NFL star revealed in June 2021 that his children are beginning to follow in his footsteps and show interest in the sport. Tell Kelly Clarkson while appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show He had already started coaching his son’s soccer team and his daughter’s softball team, adding that other parents were a bit “hesitant” to hire him as a coach due to his 2013 fame Saturday Night Live Comic play.
“It’s a great way to spend time with your kids, although I have to tell you, Kelly, some of the parents of the other kids on the team were a little hesitant at first,” he explained. “The last time they really saw me doing whatever training was on this Saturday Night Live A skit where I was installing a soccer ball for 7-year-olds, and I think those parents were like, “Are we sure we want our kid to play on your team?” ”
She and Peyton are good
Both Ashley and Peyton are passionate about helping the less fortunate. In 1999, the couple founded PeyBack Foundation, a program that provides “leadership and growth opportunities” for children at risk. In addition, Ashley has partnered with her husband on projects to benefit Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in St Vincent.
She is Peyton’s biggest supporter
In 2011, Peyton was considering retirement after a severe neck injury.
“I’ve had these conversations with Ashley already. More than one. Because, you know, you don’t want to embarrass yourself. Because they sign with you and people think they’re getting the player they’ve always seen before,” he told Sports IllustratedHe added that he wanted to throw in the towel after not seeing any “progress” in his injury. However, Ashley encouraged her husband to keep pushing.
He said, “Ashley was the one who was saying, ‘Beyton, you have to try. You have to try.” So I was glad she pushed me to do it. As soon as I did that, I would go for it, and then I started to see a little bit of light in there. So, yeah, she was the one who pushed me he-she.” Peyton ended up spending another five years playing for the NFL before officially retire In 2016 after nearly two decades in the league.