Did you know that Peyton and Ashley Manning had kids? (UPDATED WITH VIDEO)

Peyton Manning holds his son, Marshall following the Colts-Panthers game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.  Provided by Fox-59
Peyton Manning holds his son, Marshall following the Colts-Panthers game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Provided by Fox-59
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Peyton upstaged by son

Uploaded on Nov 27, 2011

Peyton Manning talks about Marvin Harrison but gets upstaged by his son.

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Did you know that Peyton and Ashley Manning had kids? I did not know that and I thought that I kept up with news items like that. Here is an article that tells all about them:

As long as she isn’t with her husband, Ashley Manning can usually stroll down Indianapolis streets without drawing much attention.

The 37-year-old mother of two (twins Marshall and Mosley, who are nearing their first birthdays March 31) has, so far, managed to maintain a low-key public persona, despite her considerable celebrity as the wife of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released by the team Wednesday.

That’s by design.

Manning is fiercely private, which was evident last year when her children were born before most people even knew that she was pregnant.

Craig Huse, co-owner of St. Elmo Steak House and Peyton’s business partner in the Harry & Izzy’s restaurants, remembers Ashley disguising her baby bump one time with her husband’s sport coat at a dinner party and another time by wearing a coat inside her house when Huse delivered some food.

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DURHAM, NC – MARCH 8: NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning watch the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina defeated Duke 76-68. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

 
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DURHAM, NC - MARCH 8:  NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning watch the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  North Carolina defeated Duke 76-68.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“It was cool,” he said of the Mannings’ ability to keep their pregnancy news a secret until Marshall and Mosley were born.

Even so, Ashley, who smiles easily, reportedly has a head for business and maintains the Southern manners that came with her upbringing, is a recognizable face to the leaders of local charities.

They love to see her name on guest lists. That isn’t just because she can sign her name to hefty donation checks. She’s also fun to have around.

In fundraising here over the years, Manning has participated in everything from bowling and modeling to dining and socializing in fashionable clothes (my favorite outfit is a Cinderella-like Carolina Herrera gown and crystal-covered Jimmy Choo heels that she wore to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent gala in 2010).

Ashley couldn’t have been nicer when she turned up with model Elaine Irwin at the Christamore House Guild’s first-ever boxing-themed gala in 2010, according to Anne-Marie Dezelan, who was president of the guild that year.

“Naturally, the Christamore House Guild was thrilled that Ashley attended our event,” Dezelan said. “But what made us even more delighted was to see how genuine she was. She was completely present at our event, intently watching the kids walk through the aisles of The Conrad and into the boxing ring (for a sparring competition). She stood up and cheered for them, smiling the whole night.”

So, when Peyton and Colts owner Jim Irsay announced the end of the Manning era with the football franchise, fundraisers hoped it didn’t mean the end of the Mannings as local philanthropists.

Peyton, whose signed memorabilia is regularly auctioned off at numerous Indianapolis fundraisers, assured the public that isn’t the case during Wednesday’s news conference.

Shortly after it ended, the leaders at St. Vincent held their own meeting with the media to tell the public that plans for the 5th Annual Celebration of Caring Gala, which benefits Manning’s children’s hospital, is well under way, and — just as they always have — the Mannings will serve as honorary chairs of the gala, scheduled for May.

“Ashley has been the co-chair with Peyton every year we have had the gala,” said Kevin Speer, system vice president and chief strategy officer for St. Vincent Health.

This year is no different, he said.

The date and location of the event for about 800 haven’t been nailed down, Speer said.

It’s unlikely Ashley has determined what she’ll be wearing to the gala, either. But, for fashionistas, it’ll be worth going just to check it out.

And, for sports fans, well, Peyton is expected, too.

He’s thoughtful, on and off the field

When Peyton Manning pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket, it means the star quarterback has a few questions. Or perhaps some ideas. Or both.

On the field with the Colts, Manning was known for being meticulous.

Notes in hand, Manning is that way off the field, too — at least according to Kevin Speer, of St. Vincent Health, and Huse, of St. Elmo Steak House and Indy’s three Harry and Izzy’s restaurants, the local high-end eateries that Manning has an interest in.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Sergio Garcia of Spain poses with his caddie Glen Murray alongside Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Cooper manning during the po-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 02:  Sergio Garcia of Spain poses with his caddie Glen Murray alongside Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Cooper manning  during the po-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

“He’s a very hands-on guy,” said Speer, who recalled watching Manning scribble notes at the first Celebration of Caring Gala for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Then, Speer thought the notes were for a speech he planned to give at the gala. The next day, he learned differently. They were a list of ideas for the next year’s event.

“He had taken two pages of handwritten notes during the gala about his thoughts,” Speer said.

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The Mannings: Clockwise from top: Archie (QB, Saints; retired); Peyton (QB, colts); Eli (QB, Giants); Cooper (high-school star; now in finance).

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The Mannings: Clockwise from top: Archie (QB, Saints; retired); Peyton (QB, colts); Eli (QB, Giants); Cooper (high-school star; now in finance).

Huse saw another set of notes come out at Oceanaire in 2006, when he and Manning were discussing a partnership in the then-fledgling Harry & Izzy’s business.

“He had a sheet of paper with, like, 30 questions,” said Huse, who added that Manning went through the sheet a couple of times to make sure he had gotten everything addressed. “I think that’s how he treats everything in life. Very thoughtful.”

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7/13/02. The Mannings, from left, Eli, Cooper, Peyton, and their father, Archie, clown around for a photographer’s picture during a break in the action on day two of the three day camp. The Manning Passing Academy is open to high schoolers and is run by the Manning brothers, Peyton, Cooper and Eli, and their father, Archie. Held at the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond, LA. (Robert Scheer Photo), w/chappell story, file 72798

 
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7/13/02.  The Mannings, from left, Eli, Cooper, Peyton, and their father, Archie, clown around for a photographer's picture during a break in the action on day two of the three day camp.  The Manning Passing Academy is open to high schoolers and is run by the Manning brothers, Peyton, Cooper and Eli, and their father, Archie.  Held at the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond, LA.  (Robert Scheer Photo), w/chappell story, file 72798
 
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Peyton Manning gets a kiss from wife Ashley Manning after the win. The Indianapolis Colts host the New England Patriots at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, Jan 21, 2007 for the AFC Championship game. The Colts won the game 38-34. (Sam Riche / The Indianapolis Star)
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Peyton Manning gets a kiss from wife Ashley Manning after the win. The Indianapolis Colts host the New England Patriots at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, Jan 21, 2007 for the AFC Championship game. The Colts won the game 38-34. (Sam Riche / The Indianapolis Star)
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