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Cooper Manning Siblings - Is He Divorced? Illness & Children

By Sriyukta Pradhananga | October 2, 2022 12:55 PM

Cooper Manning(left) with his brother Eli Manning and Peyton Manning , attend the 2013 Legends For Charity Dinner Honoring their father, Archie Manning at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Cooper Manning(left) with his brother Eli Manning and Peyton Manning , attend the 2013 Legends For Charity Dinner Honoring their father, Archie Manning at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.( Source : sportscasting )

Cooper Manning has two siblings, Eli and Peyton Manning. Not just two ordinary siblings. The two younger brothers are NFL legends.

Cooper Manning's two siblings, Eli and Peyton, have combined 502 appearances between them, and Cooper, zero.

The older Manning brother was once touted to be the star wide receiver in NFL. But destiny had something else written for him. 

Cooper's career was over even before it began. When he discovered his condition, the older Manning was as stunned as his family and teammates.

Years have gone by since he was first diagnosed with the disease. Since then, he has seen his two brothers become Superbowl Champions twice, retire, and even saw one of them inducted into the Hall of Fame.

His heart might have stung seeing his brothers live out his dream, but soon it might not hurt as much because his son Arch is making waves in college football. 

Cooper Manning Quick Facts

Full NameCooper Manning
Date of BirthMarch 6, 1974
FatherArchie Manning
MotherOlivia Manning
Siblings2(Eli and Peyton Manning)
WifeEllen Heidingsfelder
Children3(Arch, May and Hein)
ProfessionEntrepreneur/Sports Presenter
Age48

Cooper Manning Siblings - How Old Are The Manning Brothers?

Peyton Manning, age 46 and Eli Manning, age 41, the two siblings of Cooper Manning, are NFL veterans. 

1. Peyton Manning

k Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts thows the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
k Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts thows the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. ( Source : gettyimages )

Peyton, age 46, the no.1 draft pick in 1998, established himself as one of the most valuable players on his side Indianapolis Colts. 

The former quarterback played alongside his older brother Cooper during their college days and made 266 appearances in NFL.

Peyton bowed out from the game in 2016 but not before filling his resume with achievements one would die for. The second Manning brother is one of the only few NFL players who can say they won the Superbowl with two different teams.

He ended his career with Denver Broncos, who he led to Superbowl twice and eventually ended up winning the Superbowl 50, which marked an end to his glorious career.

2. Eli Manning

Eli Manning of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. ( Source : gettyimages )

Eli, age 41, followed the same route as his older brother Peyton. During their time in the NFL, one couldn't help but notice how similar there were in their playing style.

Eli, the former quarterback of the New York Giants, started in consecutive 210 games for the Giants and notched 236 appearances.

The younger sibling, Eli, in his earlier days, had a hard time coming out of his older brother's shadows. Constant remarks from commentators and during interviews would take away from the success he forged in his own right.

Nonetheless, he won two Super Bowl championships with the Giants and still holds the franchise record for the most passing yards and touchdown passes.

Is Cooper Manning Divorced?

Cooper Manning is certainly not divorced and is still in a beautiful relationship with his wife, Ellen Heidingsfleder, for the last 23 years.

The Fox Sports presenter and host of The Manning Hour, Cooper and his wife Ellen Heidingsfleder are childhood sweethearts who tied the knot in 1999.

Cooper Manning with his wife Ellen and his children May, Arch(right) and Heid during Christmas in 2021
Cooper Manning with his wife Ellen and his children May, Arch(right) and Heid during Christmas in 2021 ( Source : instagram )

The couple has three children, Arch, May and Heid, who have followed the family heritage. The two boys, like their grandfather and uncles, dream of breaking into the NFL, and the only daughter of the couple, May, is a volleyball player.

Recent controversies of married men cheating on their wives might have urged people to search about Cooper and his relationship status, and the TV show presenter has not disappointed. The bar is on the floor these days.

Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtic Coach during the NBA finals as his side faced Golden State Warriors
Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtic Coach during the NBA finals as his side faced Golden State Warriors ( Source : sportingnews )

In recent weeks the news of Boston Celtic Coach Ime Udoka cheating on his partner, Nia Long, with a female employee presumed to be Kathleen Nimmo Lynch. had sent shock waves in the sports world.

Similarly, a social media starlet Ned Fulmer, a man who had built his whole personality on being a married man, was caught cheating with another YouTube star. 

Who Is Cooper Manning's Wife? Meet Ellen Heidingsfelder

Ellen Heidingsfelder, the wife of Cooper Manning, is an attorney based in New Orleans. The couple tied the knot in 1999 and is blessed with three children.

Born to parents Charles and Dota Heidingsfelder, Ellen was born on December 20, 1968, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Raised alongside two siblings, Molly and Jane, Ellen was the oldest of them.

Cooper Manning pictured conducting the Capital One College Bowl Season 1
Cooper Manning pictured conducting the Capital One College Bowl Season 1 ( Source : gettyimages )

The attorney met her husband very early in her life, but things only got serious when they were older.

Ellen completed her education at the University of Virginia and later enrolled at Loyola University in 1994. The wife of the Fox presenter is currently a member of the Louisiana State Bar and has been practicing in her hometown for the past three decades.

 Portrait of former New Orleans Saints QB Archie Manning with family (L-R) sons Cooper, Peyton, Eli, and wife Olivia, New Orleans, LA
Portrait of former New Orleans Saints QB Archie Manning with family (L-R) sons Cooper, Peyton, Eli, and wife Olivia, New Orleans, LA ( Source : gettyimages )

The 53-year-old enjoys living away from the spotlight and is rarely seen on her husband's social media handle.

The last picture she was captured in was when Cooper shared a Christmas snap of the family to his followers last year.

Learn About Cooper Manning Illness

Spinal stenosis is the illness that ended Cooper Manning's career before it even started. Once, the rising star of the Univerisity of Mississippi's football team had his dreams dashed in 1992. 

The year began with Cooper getting a full scholarship ride to the University of Mississippi. Everything seemed to have fallen right into place.

The son of the former quarterback Archie Manning had followed his father's footsteps and was now ready to take NFL by storm.

 Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos gets a hug from brother Cooper Manning after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 20 to 18 winning the AFC championship
Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos gets a hug from brother Cooper Manning after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 20 to 18 winning the AFC championship ( Source : gettyimages )

But one day, Cooper noticed numbness in his finger and hands. That would be a sign of concern for any person, let alone a future NFL star. 

The father-son duo then travelled to Mayo Clinic, where various tests were conducted on Cooper. The result was not something then 18-year-old Cooper would have wanted to hear. 

The doctors revealed to him that he suffers from a condition known as spinal stenosis. The illness causes a person's spinal canal to narrow down and puts pressure on the spine.

 Eli Manning (left) and Cooper Manning address guests during a Nationwide dinner at Morton's The Steakhouse on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Eli Manning (left) and Cooper Manning address guests during a Nationwide dinner at Morton's The Steakhouse on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. ( Source : gettyimages )

Seemingly he had to quit the sport and to be honest he has faired fine in his life after sport. A presenter on a prime-time cable network and an entrepreneur with investments in oil and gas companies, Cooper has a net worth of $15 million.

And the man has evaded being a victim of concussions and all sorts of head injuries that the NFL is notorious for. Only two days ago, Tua Tagovailoa was a victim of the carelessness of the medical staff of the Miami Dolphins, and once again NFL failed to save one of its players.

Who Are Cooper Manning Children?

Cooper Manning has three children, Arch Manning, May Manning, and Heid Manning. The entrepreneur and his three children have followed in his footsteps and are now patiently waiting to be crowned the next generation of superstars of the Manning family.

1. May Manning

May Manning, the star volleyball player of Sacred Heart with her father Cooper Manning
May Manning, the star volleyball player of Sacred Heart with her father Cooper Manning ( Source : pinterest )

May Manning, born in 2002, is the oldest child of Cooper and Ellen. The only daughter of the couple, May was a volleyball player at the Roman Catholic School, Academy of the Sacred Heart. 

In 2020, May, who was in her fifth year as a varsity player and third year as a captain, led her side to the Louisiana state Division IV championship.

It was a joyous moment for the now college student and also her mother, who graduated from Sacred Heart in 1987.

2. Arch Manning

Arch Manning of Isidore Newman High School in action against Benton High School on September 16, 2022 in New Orleans, LA.
Arch Manning of Isidore Newman High School in action against Benton High School on September 16, 2022 in New Orleans, LA. ( Source : gettyimages )

 Arch Manning, the 18-year-old, broke his two uncles' records last night and has become  Isidore Newman School's all-time leader in both passing yards and touchdowns.

Arch, like his uncles, has been touted for NFL success and is a star quarterback in his high school. 

Various college football scouts highly desired his savvy style of play. And it was the University of Texas that won the race of signing the third generation of Manning superstars.

3. Heid Manning

The youngest child of Cooper and Ellen, born in 2006, Heid has followed his older brother's footsteps and is currently at Isidore Newman School.

Unlike the generation before him and his brother, Heid is an offensive lineman and weighs 225 pounds.

We will probably soon start hearing news about Heid and his potential as the youngest son of Cooper Manning will get his first action this year.

Some FAQs

How old are Cooper Manning siblings?

Cooper Manning's two brothers- Peyton and Eli are 46 and 41 respectively.

Is Cooper Manning divorced?

No, Cooper Manning is not divorced

Who is Cooper Manning wife?

Cooper Manning is married to Ellen Heidingsfelder.

What illness does Cooper Manning suffer from?

Spinal Stenosis ended Cooper Manning's football career.

How many children does Cooper Manning have?

Cooper Manning has three children-May, Arch and Heid.



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