Editor’s Note: DenverBroncos.com’s Stuart Zaas is in New Orleans working for the NFL during Super Bowl week. He will check in from time to time with updates leading up to the game on Sunday.
The story of the Harbaugh brothers has been front and center this week as Jim and John Harbaugh prepare to coach the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively in Super Bowl XLVII.
They aren’t the only pair of NFL siblings in town this week however, as the Manning family has gathered in New Orleans as well.
After accepting his FedEx Air Player of the Year Award at the NFL’s 2nd annual NFL Honors show, Manning was asked if he had any advice for the coaching brothers.
“Those guys don’t need any advice,” Manning said. “I know my dad can certainly sympathize with their parents. At the end of the game tomorrow night is going to be one of the sons on cloud nine, the other is going to be very disappointed.”
Peyton and Eli Manning have squared off twice in their careers, once in 2006 and once in ’10. Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts won both of those meetings.
Manning said regardless of Sunday’s outcome, he has been impressed with the way the family has handled having interests in both sides of the game.
“I think the family has handled the entire week very well and you can tell they are a very strong, close-knit family that truly support and love one another,” Manning said. “That’s been very inspiring to see. Neither of them would be in this game if they weren’t excellent coaches. No matter who wins this game, in my opinion, they’re still excellent coaches. That’s just a matter of fact.”