Manning proud of note from Tarkenton

October, 7, 2009
10/07/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Since throwing the touchdown pass that pulled him even with Fran Tarkenton on the all-time list in third place with 342, Peyton Manning has made it clear he’s a bit embarrassed to be mentioned with the Hall of Famer.

Archie Manning, a contemporary of Tarkenton’s, has always spoken highly of him to his sons.

Manning told Nashville reporters on a conference call early Wednesday afternoon that he’d heard from Tarkenton:

“It’s very humbling. I just received yesterday in the mail a FedEx, a very nice letter from Fran Tarkenton. Boy that meant as much to me as anything, the fact that he would take time to share a few thoughts with me. He was just congratulating me on tying his touchdowns, he took a lot of pride in throwing that many touchdowns. And that was very generous and thoughtful of him to do that.”

“I’ve always had a real appreciation for the history of the game. My dad and Fran Tarkenton know each other well and my dad told me a lot of stories about Fran Tarkenton, just what kind of player he was, how tough he was, calling his own plays and truly one of the ultimate field generals out there. So I’m not very comfortable with kind of having my name mentioned next to his as far as a statistical record, but it is a very humbling experience for me.”

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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