The missing QB links between Peyton and Eli
They're bouncing off the walls at the Newman School in Uptown New Orleans this week, counting down the days until Sunday. Be sure that Bruno's Bar -- the new one and the old one --will be packed, every television tuned to the Manning Bowl. It's a time to remember. After all, for six years out of eight in the not so distant past, Peyton or Eli dropped back and shredded Louisiana Class AA defenses.Of course, that leaves two Manning-less years right in the middle. That leaves Madoc Walmsley and Cole LeBourgeois. Their friends know them as a pharmaceutical salesman and a former ski bum, respectively. Outwardly, they seem to have little in common except for a strange trivia-question bond: They are the two poor quarterbacks who bridged the Manning gap. LeBourgeois, who moved to Austin, Tex., a few months ago from Sun Valley, laughs. "There's no need for arrogance about any of it because we were just there," he says. "We just both played in between them. It doesn't mean anything special about us." Usually, they keep it quiet. Walmsley doesn't tell many people. Neither does LeBourgeois. He'll be watching a Colts or Giants game and still keep silent. But sometimes, people will ask where he's from. If they ask what high school, he's trapped. "Newman." "Did you know the Mannings?" Pause. "I played in between them at quarterback."
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