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When the Manning Passing Academy first landed in Thibodaux and on the campus of Nicholls State University in 2005, Eli Manning was entering his second season as quarterback of the New York Giants.

At the time, his much more famous brother Peyton Manning was heading into his eighth season as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, seven years later, Eli Manning is entering his ninth season as the quarterback of the New York Giants and has two Super Bowl trophies and two Super Bowl MVPs (including one last year), and his brother Peyton Manning has one Super Bowl title, a Super Bowl MVP and is an 11-time Pro Bowl player.

Peyton Manning is also now preparing for his first season with the Denver Broncos after 14 seasons with the Colts.

Much has changed for the Mannings, both New Orleans natives, professionally in the last eight years, but the place the Mannings hold their annual summer football camp hasn't.

The Manning Passing Academy will be held at Nicholls on Thursday-Sunday for the eighth year, and it will feature close to 1,200 high school football players from around the country along with Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, their father, Archie Manning, and brother, Cooper Manning.

Most of the campers, who will all be entering the eighth-12 grades, specialize in playing quarterback, running back, receiver or tight end and are from all around the country.

It's the 17th year of the camp after the first was held at Tulane University in 1996 then at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond from 1997-2004 before the move to Thibodaux.

'We are happy to be back in Thibodaux. It is such a great fit,' said Archie Manning, a former NFL quarterback with the New Orleans Saints. 'The entire communities have really opened their arms and showed us great hospitality. Our main thing is to work with these kids, and the communities have really allowed us to do that. Everyone at Nicholls has been great, just wonderful. We have a lot of people that come, media, parents and grandparents. We love coming to the Thibodaux-Houma area.'

The camp, which also features NFL, college and high school coaches from all over, is open to the public and is free to attend, but spectators are asked to stand in specific spots that will be taped off around the practice fields.

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