To most younger soccer fans, Archie Manning is primarily known as the father of current National Football League quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. However, during his day, Archie was a very skilled and very considerate quarterback. He didn’t end up with championships or Super Bowl rings like Peyton and Eli have, but he was always one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league when he played.
Archie Manning played most of his career with the New Orleans Saints during the 1970s and early 1980s. While the team was at times exciting and almost always entertaining, it was not always incredibly competitive. This was primarily due to the fact that, aside from Manning, the team didn’t have many players on its roster rising to the greats level. Despite this, Manning made numerous excellent plays and led the team to a series of impressive victories. Fans often wonder what could have been if he had been surrounded by more talent or had played for another team.
Who were Archie Manning’s favorite receivers during his NFL career? Here are the top five receivers to whom he threw the most touchdown passes:
Henry Childs – 20
Wes Chandler – 13
Ike Harris – 12
Danny Abramowicz – 10
Dave Parks – 8
Manning threw 115 of his 125 career touchdown passes as a member of the Saints, he also threw eight for the Houston Oilers and then two for the Minnesota Vikings. His legacy is more than just Peyton and Eli, he was a great quarterback himself.