Louisiana native and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, his dad Archie Manning and younger brother and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning are at Nicholls State University this weekend for their annual Manning Passing Academy, now in its 19th year.

Nearly 1,200 high school football players reported to camp on Thursday to learn from the Manning family and the dozens of college and NFL players that showed up to the camp.

Peyton said when the camp first started 19 years ago, they maybe had 150 campers at then host Tulane University, and he never thought it would grow into what it is now.

"I was looking around today and I saw Bob and Jonathan Kraft and I saw Stephen Jones on the other sideline, so that's two NFL owners here ... Eli has a kid from Germany in his group today, I saw a coach who has 12 kids on his team from Colorado and I remember last year we had all 50 states represented, and like I said we've kind of gone international with Germany and Finland (campers)," Manning said.

"Nineteen years ago we had 150 kids over at Tulane from Louisiana, maybe a few from Mississippi, never saw it getting to this point. It's something I'm proud of, I know my dad's real proud of it, and I think we're helping a lot of kids, you know. And the goal is not to make these kids into NFL quarterbacks, the goal is to make these kids better high school quarterbacks...