Peyton Manning’s cleft palate: illustrated history.

Emily Pennington has told the inspiring story of Peyton Manning’s struggle with his cleft palate.  What’s wonderful about her story is that she’s created an illustrated presentation of it on Prezi. What follows is a transcript of her presentation that is designed for people who know very little about the stellar quarterback or the cleft palate birth defect. The presentation is here, and so share it online, project it to foster discussion in a school room or at a religious gathering, etc., etc.  

Peyton Manning Living With Cleft Palate.


Peyton Manning's 4-year-old son led stretches for the Broncos before their preseason game

Manning’s 4-year-old son leads Broncos warmup exercises before preseason game.


“Peyton Manning was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Today,  Manning is an NFL (National Football League) quarterback for the Denver, Broncos.

He is a son of former NFL quarterback Archie

Manning and an elder brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.


What is Cleft palate?

Cleft palate is a condition in which the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate, or known as the roof of the mouth are not completely joined.

What is Peyton Manning’s disability?

Peyton Manning was born with a disability called Cleft Palate.

Illustrations of :
Cleft Palate
Before and After Cleft Palate Surgery

Obstacles Peyton Manning faced with his disability

Feeding Problems

When he was a baby, a lot of the times when his mom was feeding him, the milk his mom gave him just flowed out of his nose constantly, because of the hole on the roof of Peyton’s mouth that connects the his nose,but their were special bottles that Peyton had to use as a baby.

Growing up with Cleft Palate Peyton Manning had to have at least 2 surgeries over the course of 18 years for treatment, and to make sure to the roof of his mouth was securely closed.

Peyton Manning also needed a bone graft when he was about 8 years old to fill his upper gum line so that it can support permanent teeth and stabilize his the upper jaw.

Dental problems

Peyton Manning as a child had braces from the age of 4 to 15, because his Cleft Palate caused him to have crooked teeth, as well as extra teeth. Dental visits were constant.

Bully problems

Peyton Manning was bullied growing up, because of his physical appearance. People called him things like ugly, freak, and things of that nature.
Treatment For Peyton Manning’s Cleft Palate?


Works Cited

“Facts about Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 July 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. <>.
Inc., Wikimedia Wikimedia Foundation. “Cleft Lip and Palate.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. <>.

“KidsHealth.” Cleft Lip and Palate. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. <>.

“The Peyton Manning Story.” The Classical. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. <>.

Support those who have a cleft lip, or in Peyton Mannings case, a cleft palate with an organization called ” Operation Smile”…

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