Former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of twins - a boy and a girl - born March 31 near Indianapolis. They are the first children for the Mannings. According to the website RadarOnline, the couple's son is named Marshall Williams Manning and the daughter is Mosley Thompson Manning.
Former UT coach Phillip Fulmer, who coached Manning, confirmed the news about the Indianapolis Colts star on Friday.
"(Peyton) actually called and told a good friend of ours, and (the friend) was told to tell his other (Knoxville) friends," Fulmer said. "He'll be a great dad, and Ashley will be a great mom.
"They are a tremendous family, period. Archie and Olivia (Manning, who are Peyton's parents) set the tone. They are all just fantastic people. There is no doubt (Peyton and Ashley) will be great parents."
Fulmer was surprised that the Mannings were able to keep the pregnancy a secret for so long.
"(Peyton) wasn't the one (pregnant). I don't know how Ashley was able to (keep it secret)," Fulmer said with a laugh.
He plans to contact Manning soon and the Fulmers also plan to send a baby gift.
As far as fatherly advice is concerned, Fulmer only passed along: "Peyton doesn't need any advice from me. Just enjoy your children every day, and I know that he will."
Manning, 35, also is a new uncle. Younger brother and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, are brand-new parents of a daughter, Ava Frances Manning, born March 2.
Peyton Manning was the first overall pick of the 1998 NFL draft. He is a record four-time NFL MVP, and Super Bowl winner in 2007.
Off the field, he has been a tireless supporter of UT and Mercy healthcare system in Knoxville, among other charitable projects.
Manning has hosted "Saturday Night Live," been animated on "The Simpsons" and appeared in numerous national commercials.