Cooper Manning Neck Injury: Brother Gets Some Spotlight In 'The Book of Manning' On ESPN As Ole Miss Football Career Ended Because Of Spinal Stenosis

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Sep 25, 2013 01:10 PM EDT
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his brothers Peyton and Cooper. The two brothers have won Super Bowls, while Cooper had his career end due to an injury."

The Manning's get the full treatment on ESPN's new film 'The Book of Manning' and shows tons of old footage of Archie Manning, along with his children Eli, Peyton and Cooper.

The film is part of a new series from ESPN and the highlight on the Manning's is very interesting, as everyone knows Archie as well as his Super Bowl winning sons in Peyton and Eli, but not everyone knows about Cooper. Believe it or not, Cooper at one time was considered the best Manning brother when it came to football and people that have asked Peyton and Eli which one of the two brothers is better, more often than not, they say Cooper was better than either of them.

Obviously each brother has had their success in the NFL, with Eli besting Peyton for now with two Super Bowls to one, but the film finally put some spotlight on Cooper, who took part in the documentary as well. The film has plenty of old footage and old pictures and also gives some info on Cooper. His story has been told multiple times around Super Bowls involving the brothers, but not many people know that he was set to go to Ole Miss to play football.

Cooper takes part in the Manning Passing Academy with his brothers, but his promising football career was cut short due to a disorder called "Spinal Stenosis" that can cause numbness in hands and fingers and that is something a wide receiver needs. The three brothers played football together and were competitive and in high school, the older Manning played with Peyton and caught his touchdown passes as he was named player of the year and then went on to even greater success.

Cooper said in a USA Today interview from Eli's first Super Bowl that he has no regrets and that he loves seeing his brothers succeed in the NFL. Cooper said that he does not think about what he might have missed due to the injury and said that he supports his brothers completely.

Check here for an article on Cooper.

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