|Sunday showdown with super Saints|
Our friend, Dr. Mike Cage, says Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback, is a true scholar of the game of football and perhaps the greatest of all time. We read that he has the passion, the work ethic as he analyzes the defenses, checks off at the line and works after hours to teach his young receivers.
Fans of Eli, Peyton and Archie Manning may want to read the book," Manning." The thesis of the book is that the famed brothers did not just inherit great athletic genes, but rather their parents, Olivia and Archie, had a plan for academics first (at the Isidore Newman School in uptown New Orleans) then football training so that the boys peaked at the right age and did not suffer from football burnout. Yes, "Manning" is a book full of good advice from outstanding parents.
Then arguably the most committed quarterback in the NFL today is New Orleans' Drew Brees because of his service to his adopted city in the aftermath of Katrina. He responded in the wake of the tragedy by staying there and making a difference in restoring hope and working to bring the Saints together to achieve excellence. From the Super Dome leaks, muddy muck and stench, to a restored and revitalized Dome, he helped to create a revival of the best kind for our state of Louisiana.
For the full column, see Page 9A of this week's Citizen.
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Martha Jane Anderson retired from University of Louisiana-Monroe after 35 years of service as Assistant Dean of Students and SGA Advisor. She is married to Patrick H. Anderson Sr., has two children, and four grandchildren.