May 30, 2012 11:52 AM by Richie Melby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In today's NFL he's best known as Peyton and Eli's father - but back in the day, Archie Manning was one of the most brilliant playmakers in the league.
Manning has raised two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks and earned personal awards and accolades over the years - and will share those stories in Great Falls on June 22nd to help the Heisey Youth Center celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Manning tells us, "I like to mix my talks with some personal experiences. I share some stories as we talk and try to tell a few of my experiences. I try to mix it up a little bit and have some funny things but also try to have a good message."
He continued, "I think that young people need all the help they can get. I have so much admiration for adults who volunteer their time to help youth and to help young people so I think youth clubs can provide activities and I think comradery with other people, mixing with other people, having the influence from adults who work there and try to influence them in a positive way, so I think there are numerous advantages to youth clubs."
Manning has never been to Montana in his travels, but already has a round of golf and fishing planned during his time in the Treasure State - and with son Peyton now playing in nearby Denver - he admits it likely won't be his last.
Manning noted, "He's excited about being in Denver. I know (Montana is) Bronco country, I believe it is at least to some extent, so we're excited about the Broncos and hope it goes real well."
The Heisey Youth Center will be celebrating 75 years with a night of "Sports and Motivation" on June 22nd at the Mansfield Theater in Great Falls.
Special guest Archie Manning, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, will excite the crowd with his personal stories of trial and tribulation. Also scheduled to speak are former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky and Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick.
Tickets are on sale now for $50, $75 and $100 and can be purchased by clicking here.
For more information, contact the Heisey Youth Center at 453-1211.