According to the Denver Post, a teenager from Colorado named Peyton Manning is having a hard time getting a Facebook account because he has the same name as Broncos’ future Hall of Fame quarterback. Peyton Manning.
“People don’t believe me sometimes. They think I’m trying to impersonate,” said Peyton Manning, a 14-year-old in eighth grade from Littleton. “Facebook won’t let me do Manning at all, no matter how many times I try.”
Manning admits that he enjoys the attention he gets because of his name.
“As soon as I was old enough to know what football was, I’ve followed him,” said young Peyton, who is captain of his competitive hockey team. “In my room I’ve got a Fathead of him, his rookie card and posters everywhere. He’s my favorite professional football player and having the same name as him brings a cool kind of attention. It’s not like everybody always talks about it, but when they do I like it. He’s one of the most class guys out there, so it’s cool, for sure.”
Peyton’s mother says she wouldn’t have named her son Peyton if she had known who she was naming him after.
“I would have never named him Peyton if I knew (the QB) was going to be a legendary football player anywhere, let alone Denver,” Kim Manning said. “We’re not celebrity (starstruck). I just thought it was a great name, and he was full of strength and character. He had a lot of personal attributes you want your son to have. And my son has lived up to it.
“But definitely, nobody believes him anymore. Or the kids at school will tell people they met Peyton Manning, and they’re talking about my son. It’s been a really fun time for him.”