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Eli and Peyton Manning Gave Back to Louisiana With a 33,000-Pound Gift After Hurricane Katrina

Peyton Manning and his younger brother, Eli, left quite the legacy on the NFL.

For over 20 years, at least one of the Manning brothers was on television each week. The Mannings combined for four Super Bowl rings — Eli won two with the New York Giants — and are arguably the best sibling duo in professional sports history.

In addition to thriving on the field, the Mannings have spent years providing a tremendous boost to others. After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, Eli and Peyton did their part to help those in need.

Peyton and Eli Manning left behind incredible NFL legacies

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In a few short weeks, Peyton Manning will almost certainly find himself named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Eli Manning could join his older brother in a few years. Peyton played from 1998-2015, and Eli spent his entire career on the New York Giants from 2004-19. The two brothers combined for 128,963 passing yards, 905 touchdowns, and 495 interceptions across 502 games and 499 starts.

Peyton earned seven first-team All-Pro selections, five MVP Awards, and received 14 of the 21 Pro Bowl nods that the brothers totaled.

No strangers to the postseason, the duo each won two Super Bowl rings. Peyton won a title in Indianapolis and Denver, while Eli defeated Tom Brady twice in five years to hold the Lombardi Trophy.

The Manning brothers are from Louisiana

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Eli and Peyton Manning are the sons of Archie Manning, the former New Orleans Saints quarterback.

Naturally, the Manning brothers were both born in New Orleans. Eli and Peyton each graduated from Isidore Newman School, a private school in New Orleans.

Neither brother stayed in Louisiana for college, though. Peyton starred at Tennessee, and Eli took his talents to Ole Miss.

Peyton and Eli Manning gave back after Hurricane Katrina

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When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, the Manning family was there to help in any way they could.

According to CNN, Peyton and Eli delivered over 30,000 pounds of supplies by plane to Baton Rouge, La., in September 2005. The supplies included water, Gatorade, pillows, and supplies for infants, including formula and diapers.

Eli and Peyton traveled to Louisiana and helped deliver the supplies. Peyton spoke with reporters that day about why it meant so much for the brothers to assist those who needed help.”

“I talked to the Red Cross and told them I certainly didn’t want to get in the way, but I wanted to do whatever I could to help. They said these people are down, so any kind of morale boost we could give would be good for them, too.”

New Orleans received a significant morale boost in 2006, when the Saints returned from a year mostly split between San Antonio and LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

Then came February 2010, when Drew Brees and the Saints famously defeated Manning in Super Bowl 44.

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