Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning is gearing up to face the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, February 7, 2010. Solidly supporting her man is his gorgeous wife Ashley Manning.
Born Ashley Thompson, she met her future husband the summer before his freshman year at the University of Tennessee. They wed on St. Patrick’s Day 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Perhaps the best way to describe the successful wife and business woman is to say that she prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
During an interview for Indianapolis Woman magazine, she said, “People may think I am aloof, but I’m not, and I am not shy by any means, but I always let Peyton shine.” She admits that she gives him space and she is very independent, perfectly happy doing her own things.
Ashley was born in Memphis and attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1997 with majors in finance and marketing. She is currently a real estate developer and is involved in marketing a downtown Indianapolis residential development property.
The couple’s charity is the Peyback Foundation. Its mission is to help disadvantaged kids, and focuses its efforts in Louisiana, Tennessee and Indiana. In September 2007, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis renamed one of its campus facilities Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
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View a photo gallery of Ashley and Peyton and check out his latest commercial below.