The Isidore Newman School Alumni Association has chosen Peyton Manning, ’94, as the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Manning accepted the award Feb. 24 at an reception in Newman’s Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery.
Manning is the NFL’s only five-time MVP, and he has earned his place among the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category. Since entering the NFL in 1998, joining the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick, Manning has thrown the most touchdown passes (530) in league history in addition to ranking second in wins by a quarterback (179), completions (5,927) and passing yards (69,691).
As Newman’s starting quarterback beginning as a sophomore, he led the Greenies to the state semifinals and an overall record of 34-5 over his three seasons as a starter. Manning still holds school records in passing yards in a season (2,703) and passing touchdowns in a season (39). He totaled 7,528 yards during his career, along with 105 touchdowns. He was named All District, All Metro, All State and Academic All State. As a senior, he was selected as a Parade All American, USA Today Louisiana Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player of the Year.
“Peyton energized the Newman football program with his high level of athleticism and his strength of character,” said Newman’s head football coach Nelson Stewart, ’95, who played alongside Manning on the varsity team. “His legacy and lasting impact on our program has been unbelievable. His hard work truly laid the foundation for what we are today. After he began to set records, the roster swelled, and football has remained one of our strongest sports programs to date. We are so fortunate that he has been such a great supporter of our program during his outstanding career.”
In addition to his gridiron success, Manning is well known for his community service and engagement off the field. He has been honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award following the 2005 season as well as the Bart Starr Award in 2015. Together with his father, Archie, and brothers Cooper, ’92, and Eli, ’99, he established the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, a summer clinic serving talented high school players from across the country.
Past recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award are Richard B. Stone, ’60; Leslie Rosenthal Jacobs, ’77; James M. Lapeyre, ’71; Dr. Scott Kellermann, ’63; Michael M. Lewis, ’78; Bryan M. Batt, ’81; Darryl D. Berger, ’65; Walda Barnett, ’54; Sydney Besthoff, ’45; Dr. Mark J. Plotkin, ’73; Marlene Trestman, ’74; Harry J. Blumenthal Jr., ’63; Dr. Isidore Cohn Jr., ’38; Walter S. Isaacson, ’70; Dr. Willard L. Marmelzat, ’35; the Honorable Morey L. Sear, ’45; Dr. Carmel J. Cohen, ’50; Florence Weiland Schornstein, ’52; Janice Levy Heymann, ’36; Moise S. Steeg Jr., ’32; Ira B. Harkey Jr., ’35; Diana Monroe Lewis, ’55; Benjamin M. Rosen, ’50; Moise W. Dennery, ’31; and the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, ’22.