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Monday, January 25, 2010
No Super dilemma for elder Manning

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Blood is thicker than water -- even the muddy water of the Mississippi River.

Manning That's just the way it is. ... Anybody who thinks it's different must not have children.

-- Archie Manning

Archie Manning played most of his 16-year NFL career for the New Orleans Saints and still lives in the Big Easy. But his son, Peyton Manning, plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

So despite his allegiance to New Orleans, there's no question about which team the elder Manning will be pulling for in Super Bowl XLIV. He erased any doubt about that after the Colts beat the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game, according to The Indianapolis Star.

"It's a game I'm going to pull for my son," the elder Manning said, according to the report.

"[Saints coach] Sean Payton knows that. He's a great friend of mine," Manning said. "[Saints quarterback] Drew Brees knows that. That's just the way it is.

"Anybody who thinks it's different must not have children."

The Manning family attended the AFC championship, including Peyton's brothers, Cooper and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, according to the report.