J.J. Manning had his number retired by Duke on Sunday, hours before his older brother Peyton won the Super Bowl, ending the family's never ending pursuit for a title. Duke officials explained that the curious timing of the ceremony was set up so the Manning family would have at least one thing to celebrate on Super Bowl Sunday. Unconfirmed reports had Archie Manning, along with half-brothers Eli and Cooper in attendance in a darkened shadow. The family then made a quick flight down to Miami in time to see Peyton win the whole thing.
"It kind of sucks that Peyton won, to upstage my big day," J.J. said. "But hell, at least I didn't have to go into football like Eli. I'm still playing a sport that I like."