“First Lady of Football” Olivia Manning on Radio Row.
If any other woman on Earth knows what it’s like for Jackie Harbaugh, the mother of 49’ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, it’s Olivia Manning. Her husband, Archie, was quarterback of the Super Bowl XLVII hometown New Orleans Saints in the 1970s. Her sons Peyton and Eli are both quarterbacks in the NFL, Peyton for the Denver Broncos and Eli for the New York Giants. Peyton earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLI in 2006, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. The next year, his brother Eli won a Super Bowl ring quarterbacking the Giants to a 17-14 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Eli won another Super Bowl ring in 2011 in a 21-17 victory over the Patriots again in Super Bowl XLVI, this time in his brother’s former home stadium in Indianapolis. The Manning brothers have faced one another on the field before and will again to start the 2013 season. So it’s not for nothing that mother Olivia Manning is called the “First Lady of Football.”