Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League and is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a quarterback. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning played college football at the University of Mississippi after attending prep school at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and immediately traded to the New York Giants, who in return gave up a package highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers. Manning holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes and completed passes in a career, and the NFL record for most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season. He led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games. Manning was also named Most Valuable Player in each Super Bowl, becoming one of five quarterbacks in history to have been given this honor twice.
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Hey, this is Eli Manning, first-time redditor and two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the New York Giants. I'm sure many of you have been counting down to the season's start, and it's finally here.
I'm doing this AMA thanks to the folks over at DIRECTV who are helping bring NFL gameday to every fan, every Sunday. You can learn more about that here:
Victoria from reddit's helping me today.
And with that, go ahead, reddit, Ask Me Anything!
Update Well thanks so much for asking all the great questions today. I had a lot of fun answering 'em, and I hope you enjoyed the last hour or so.
First thanks for doing this AMA! We at /r/nygiants compiled a list of questions and I've put together the top 5 questions as voted by your biggest fans:
We know you occasionally prank and joke around with your teammates. Who has pulled the best prank on you and what did they do? ( by /u/ProsperousPlatypus )
How far can you throw an uncontested ball in perfect weather? ( by /u/mrmagoo512 )
During the offseason one night I took a well known photo of you on the beach holding a tiny bucket and made it a digital painting. It got really popular for a bit and was even shown on ESPN. I just want to know if it ever made its way to you and what did you think? ( by /u/DJ_Febreeze )
Please rank all the Centers you've worked with based on odor. ( by /u/3rdAnnual )
Eli, of all the receivers you've played with, who do you think you shared the best chemistry with on the field? You and Plaxico really seemed in tune, as well as Amani. Who were some of the best?
Also, come join us at /r/nygiants. Say hi! ( by /u/mrmagoo512 )
1) Jeff Feagles removed all the air out of my tires one year at training camp and left me a bike pump so I could pump up my tires just enough to get to a gas station.
2) I'd say between 65-70 yards.
3) I saw the picture. And, uh, I've caught quite a bit of grief for holding my child's bucket. But it's a well-done painting.
4) Start at best smelling going to worst?
I'll say... best smelling center... hehe....let's start with Shaun O'hara is the most hygienic, I think. Kevin Booth coming in second place. Wayne Lucier. And I'd say that Richie Seubert comes in last place.
5) Plaxico was very easy to throw to just because of his size. Steve Smith was another one that was great in the slot position. And you know, Victor Cruz has become a great playmaker for us as well.
Your team is the Giants but there are no logos of Giants on anything, what gives?
That's a great question. I will have to look into that.
EA Sports did a decent job capturing your likeness, see Manningface .
Are you disappointed that they have yet to include your sandwich eating TD celebration dance?
I'm very disappointed they have not included my sandwich-eating touchdown dance. I am very proud of that dance and it took me a long time to master, and I feel that it needs the respect that it deserves.
After you throw an interception do you want to punch the guy who caught it or do you mostly just feel sad?
I don't think I've ever thrown an interception?
Eli, what's your favourite video game?
Zelda, on original Nintendo.
How competitive do you and your brother get at family gatherings? Any funny stories that resulted from that competitiveness?
We're probably not as competitive now as when we were both teen-agers, we had some pretty physical basketball matches back in the day, I guess so much that my dad ended up removing the basketball goal.
Eli....I am a HUGE fan. Tonight is my first varsity football game ever. Im really excited and nervous. Do you have any tips or advice? Also, do you remember your first varsity football game?
I do remember my first varsity football game! I was a freshman in high school, about the 6th game of the year, and I got my first start as a quarterback, and I was very nervous. I would suggest just enjoy the experience, go out there and compete and have fun, and it'll all work out.
Have you ever been starstruck?
I asked K-Fed for a picture one time. That's the only person I've ever asked for a picture, Kevin Federline.
Out of all of the Manningfaces, which is your favorite?
The "excited I just did a touchdown" one.
'N Sync or Backstreet?
Oh, 'N Sync. For sure.
Eli, we know you are all business and humble. But what's your opinion on touchdown celebrations being diminished?
I enjoy touchdown celebrations. Cuz whenever Victor Cruz does a salsa dance, I know we just scored a touchdown.
How far can you punt a football?
Hey, Eli. Thanks for doing this AMA. If you could tattoo any image on Peyton's body (presumably when he's passed out drunk), what and where would it be?
I think I would tattoo Mighty Mouse on his right forearm.
What is your favorite thing to do in your down time that isn't sports related?
Just spend time with my 2 kids and my wife and get to enjoy hanging out and laughing with them.
Hi Eli, thanks for doing this AMA! I have to say that I'm a Pats fan, so I"m curious about one thing: do you get along with Tom Brady?
Yes, I get along with Tom Brady just fine. I talked to him for a little bit after the game last night.
What's a secret you could share with Reddit that no one knows?
I like olives.
Eli. Huge fan.
Over the years you have broken the hearts of many fan bases. Do you have any memorable run-ins with some angry fans?
Philly fans seem to be the most angry.
Hi Eli! Im Irish and the NFL is getting huge here, actually a US college football game is scheduled to be played here tomorrow to a sell out crowd of 80,000+!
my question is what do you think of the NFL's growing popularity around the world? Specifically in Europe and with the possibility of London having their own NFL franchise. Do you think thats a good idea? or is it just to far away for teams to travel?
No, I think the NFL's growing internationally is great. And I think it would be pretty neat to see a team in London sometime.
What should I have for lunch and dinner tonight? I want a meal of a champion and your the go to man!
I had a chicken gyro today, so I think that would be a good start. And tonight, maybe do a little italian, some chicken parm.
Who's the funniest player on the team?
Funniest player on the team - I think JPP. Just the stories that he has from growing up and his comments that he throws out during the course of the day.
Can you do a back-flip from a standing position on solid ground?
Had football not worked out, what do you think you would have done?
Did your brother (Peyton) and yourself really make a bet to jump over a creek at the Ole Farm golf course and one of y'all landed on the other side and it was complete marsh/mud? It's a story that went around my town and I always wanted to know if it was true. Btw thanks for the AMA.
This sounds like something that could have happened.
Did you have a lunchbox growing up? If so, who was on it and who would be on your lunchbox now?
Yes. I had one growing up. I'm pretty sure it was He-Man. And now... it would be Phil Dunphy from Modern Family.
Regarding the Manning Passing Academy: What is the most common yet easy to correct mistake you see with young Quarterbacks still learning the position?
Hm. Well, I think the most important thing for young quarterbacks is to just throw routs with their friends and receivers. The more you can drop back and throw every rout to your receivers, the better off you'll be.
Who has been the hardest defender or entire defense that you've faced in your career?
Well, I think the Demarcus Ware has sacked me more than any other player, so I think he has a pretty good chance of winning that contest.
When studying film, what is the first thing you always look for in a defense ?
The first thing is just looking for their scheme - whether they are a zone team or a man team - and the techniques that they play within their coverages.
What is the average day for you during the off-season?
You know, working out and staying in shape, and trying to spend as much time with my wife and my kids, because once the season starts, I get limited time with them.
Eli, how do you think the position of quarterback has evolved from your first year in the league to your current season?
Well, I think now you see more running quarterbacks. I still think you have to be able to throw the ball very well, but if you can run and extend plays, it gives you another dynamic.
Hey Eli! Long term Giants fan here. Do you follow any of the other NYC area sports teams outside of football? Have you ever struck up a friendship with any other NYC sports icons?
I keep up with all the NYC sports teams. I've been to Yankees games, Mets games, Knicks games, Nets games, so I root for all the NYC teams... except maybe the Jets.
Eli, have you ever played fantasy football? If so, how'd you do, and what are your secrets?
I did play fantasy football when I was in high school. I used to ask my dad for advice, and to give me some hidden gems to pick up on. One of the great gems that he told me about was Isaac Bruce back in the day, who only caught 70 yard touchdown passes.
Eli, thank you so much for doing this AMA. What was going through your head when you and Peyton filmed the DIRECTV commercial? Did you feel ridiculous?
I thought "I hope they can make me sound much better than what it sounds like right now."
What was hosting SNL like, can you tell us any behind the scenes stories? What was it like meeting Rihanna?
Hosting SNL was so much fun. It's a lot of work with strange hours. Working from 1 PM until 2 AM, most nights, but the cast and crew had me cracking up the whole time. I had very limited interaction with Rihanna, but she was very nice and it was fun to watch her perform.