Archie Manning: No Desire to Coach

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Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- NFL legend Archie Manning discusses the pressures of life in college and professional football and why coaches often advise their children not to follow in their footsteps. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Thank you very much.

I had a chance to sit down with archie manning.

Despite his calm demeanor the college hall of famer spoke candidly about the pressures of life in college and pro football and why their coaches often advise their children not to follow in their footsteps.

I've been through playing football for almost 30 years now.

Probably the only reason medium -- people remember i played is that two of my sons played in college and two still in the national football league.

I went to the university of mississippi, ole miss.

Played football there and went to school, graduated and met my wife there.

I really enjoyed that.

Love the experience.

We had good teams in college and i was fortunate enough to get drafted to play professional football by the new orleans saints and i played there for 12 years.

We weren't very good.

We didn't win a lot of games but its there and then wound up getting traded to the houston oilers and minnesota vikings, where i retired.

The coach's role in building the team?

What are some of the characteristics both positive and negative that you've experienced in your career?

I love coaches and i love and i appreciate -- i know sometimes when we talk about coaches we talk about the real successful guys out there in college and pro ball.

But i think the junior high coaches, the high school coaches.

I've always said we're fortunate to have a father that has a good influence on us but other than that, people that play athletics, coaches have more influence and more impact especially on young men say in the game of football then anyone else.

What about your future as a coach, any chance?

No, i didn't decide to go down that path.

I think i might have if i hadn't played so long but i played pro ball until i was 36. why is that?

I think at that point i didn't want -- if you're going to be a successful coach you have to be ready to move.

You to have move and at 36 i was kind of positioned there in new orleans and had a young family and i didn't want to start moving them around.

I just didn't -- you know, coaches are great and most coaches will tell you don't get into coaching.

They tell their sons don't get into coaching.

It's because of that nomad life but a lot of their sons do get into coaching and most turn out to be good ones.

Is that an under appreciated aspect of the players?

The moving around, uprooting.

Talk about what that does to a person's life.

I've had coaches -- in new orleans, as i said, we weren't very good so we changed coaches a lot.

The head coach changes, 12, 15 assistant coaches change too.

I had coaches that had moved 15 and 18 times over a 25, 30-year period.

You think about moving your kids and family.

We think about military families.

And players too when they get traded.

And players -- does that have an affect on them?

I played 12 years before i got traded and it never was quite the same.

I mean, i wanted to be successful.

I wanted to kind of finish strong.

I think players have a hard time giving up the game.

I think a lot of times you have a hard time -- you know, you're kind of the last guy to know that you don't have enough gas in your tank anymore to be as good as you need to be.

But to me, i wasn't at home kind of in new orleans when i played somewhere else.

I was somewhere else.

It kind of made it easier to say it's time to move on and do something else.

I think the main thing that's underappreciated about coaches is the hours they put in i think anyone successful -- not many successful people just work eight hours a day.

We talk about eight-hour days, 40-hour weeks.

People have no idea the hours that coaches put in.

Some of them 18 and 20 to the point of exhaustion because preparation, preparation and every game is so important.

And they work extremely hard and they're families suffer there.

They don't see that much of their families, especially during football season.

In fact, two held coaches had heart attacks this year.

It's scary.

A lot of stress.

A lot of pressure to win at every level and i think we need to be careful as fans and meeta.

You know, don't -- try not to be part of all that pressure.

It's an entertaining game.

Players, they are going to go out there on saturday, sunday, friday night, play as hard, do

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