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Pure football joy at Manning Passing Academy

David Fleming found the antidote to an ugly NFL offseason: spending time with the Mannings at their passing academy. Flem File

Updated: August 31, 2007, 3:19 PM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

THIBODAUX, La. -- I found the antidote to the ugliest offseason in NFL history.

It was down in the oppressive late-summer heat of the Louisiana swamps, about 45 minutes southwest of New Orleans, past the fish camps, past the murky canals and an endless string of cypress trees covered in moss. I came upon the tiny, time-warped town called Thibodaux, home to Nicholls State University and the 12th annual Manning Passing Academy.

There, as more than 1,200 campers from across the ...

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