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CINCINNATI — Archie Manning loves sending text messages.
Every week, the 71-year-old former NFL quarterback scrolls through his iPhone and shoots quick messages to young QBs scattered throughout college and the NFL. Sometimes it’s a brief note before a big game. Often, it’s a few words of encouragement after a rough outing.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow received one of those a couple of days ago after he struggled in a 27-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was a reminder from Archie that his son, former Giants quarterback Eli Manning, had a similar performance during his rookie season in 2004.
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The Manning family, which of course also includes future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, knows both ends of the football spectrum — from character-building rookie seasons to leading a team to a Super Bowl. As the Bengals prepare to face the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton’s former team, on Sunday, Burrow’s relationship