Wednesday, July 08, 2015

20 Years And Counting

It was 20 years ago that then-Tulane head football coach Buddy Teevens and Jeff Hawkins – his boyhood friend/director of football operations – teamed up with a rather famous New Orleans family to start the Manning Passing Academy.

The National Football Foundation has a 20th anniversary look at the MPA HERE.

From the story:
When the camp started in 1996, Peyton, the 1997 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner, was a junior at Tennessee. Eli, a 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Ole Miss, was a sophomore at Isidore Newman High School, and Manning’s oldest son Cooper had just graduated from Ole Miss. Buddy Teevens, the current head coach at Dartmouth, was head coach at Tulane, and Jeff Hawkins, the current director of football operations at Oregon, was a recruiting coordinator for Teevens. Manning, his sons, Teevens and Hawkins have been the driving force behind the camp’s success since its inception. 
“Those five people, the three boys along with Teevens and Hawkins, have never missed a minute of the camp,” said Manning. “We never thought that we would be doing this 20 years later. It was just supposed to be a fun thing with the boys. I never thought it would be anything more than a regional type thing."
The New York Daily News spent four days at the camp last year. Find a comprehensive story with an interesting Teevens anecdote HERE.