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Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning | Source: Getty Images
Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning | Source: Getty Images

Olivia Williams Manning Is Archie Manning's Wife Who Once Became Homecoming Queen

Gaone Pule
Nov 10, 2023
01:15 A.M.

Olivia Williams Manning is a family woman, and her famous husband and children are considered football royalty. Olivia is also charitable and holds one cause close to her heart.

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Olivia Williams Manning is married to one of football's most prolific players of his generation, Archie Manning—the couple shares three sons together, who also followed in their famous father's footsteps.

Olivia met the father of her children in college. At that time, he was playing college football at the University of Mississippi and was deemed the lead player once.

Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning during Super Bowl XLI - Club SI - Sports Illustrated Super Bowl XLI party at The Fifth on February 3, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning during Super Bowl XLI - Club SI - Sports Illustrated Super Bowl XLI party at The Fifth on February 3, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Olivia Williams Manning Is Homecoming Queen

Olivia, who reportedly has long legs, became the university's homecoming queen two years after her husband was named Ole Miss's lead player.

When the college sweethearts were still engaged, Archie suffered an injury. Olivia and the Mississippi quarterback were seen leaving Memphis hospital together in November 1970.

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Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning at the Saks Fifth Avenue Grand Re- Opening of the New Orleans Store Charity Gala and Fashion Show on November 15, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning at the Saks Fifth Avenue Grand Re- Opening of the New Orleans Store Charity Gala and Fashion Show on November 15, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

The couple walked down the aisle a year later, in May 1971. In his book, "Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football," which was published in 2017, Archie credited his mother, sister, and beloved wife and revealed his nickname for her:

"And, of course, to my dear Olivia, the 'Great Equalizer' a fantastic mother, and an all-pro wife."

Olvia Williams Manning Is a Mother of Three

Three years after Olivia and Archie tied the knot, they welcomed their first child, son Cooper Manning, in March 1974. He is an entrepreneur and a television personality.

Oliva and the former NFL star became parents for the second time when their middle child, son Peyton Manning, was born in March 1976. He is a former football quarterback like his father.

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Peyton Manning, Olivia Williams Manning and Cooper Manning at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007 in Miami Gardens, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Peyton Manning, Olivia Williams Manning and Cooper Manning at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007 in Miami Gardens, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Olivia and Archie's youngest son, Eli Manning, arrived in January 1981. In a January 2008 interview, the family patriarch gushed about the bond between the mother and son duo.

"Eli and Olivia are certainly very close. They have that special bond that you see between mamas and their baby boy," said the proud father.

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Like his older brother Peyton and beloved dad, Eli is a former football quarterback. His other older sibling Cooper's football career was cut short by a chronic spinal condition that required surgery.

The youngest family member, Eli, once divulged how the family matriarch's role in their lives has benefited them. The sports star revealed that as he and his siblings grew up, their mother was the anchor of their household and their "biggest supporter," without her, they would have been "lost and clueless."

Olivia Williams Manning Lost Her Mom & She Is Part of Her Cause in Her Honor

Like the dedication and love the mother of three has shown her family over the years, Olivia extended the same commitment to charitable causes over the years.

She became involved with the American Heart Association through its Go Red For Women campaign. Its mission is to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease as it is ranked the No. 1 killer of women.

Matt Leinart, Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning during filming for DirecTV commercial at Chickamauga Lake on June 20, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images

Matt Leinart, Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning during filming for DirecTV commercial at Chickamauga Lake on June 20, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images

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When asked why she got involved in the campaign during a February 2012 interview, Olivia said it came naturally because her mother had heart disease.

Olivia's mom also had high cholesterol, which she revealed "had never been checked" and was also in her family. She added her mother lived a full life until 86 and admitted she developed an interest in the cause because of her.

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