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They start them early in the Manning household. And by early, we mean four or five in the morning. Peyton Manning will once again suit up for the Super Bowl, so it makes sense his name and that of his siblings would pop up amid the media frenzy. Still, it’s a rare and unlikely treat to hear rapper Lil Wayne relay a story of how extreme the Mannings were in their football training when they were younger. I have a story about Peyton. A guy who has been on the road with us, he was like an uncle to us, he told us this story. When he was in jail, about to come home, he was put on one of those work-release things in New Orleans. Every morning, real early, he would clean the schoolyard of the [Isidore] Newman School [where the Manning kids attended]. Because he was a prisoner, he would have to clean the schoolyard at 4 or 5 in the morning. There was not one morning, 4:30, 5 in the morning, he wouldn’t see Archie, Peyton, Cooper or Eli out on the field. He’d see Archie throwing passes to Cooper or Peyton throwing routes to Cooper. I don’t know if people know this, but it was Cooper who was the prodigy. He [the roadie] would tell us the story, you know, like it was destined.

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