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Eli Manning responds to nephew Arch breaking his record

Eli Manning in a press conference

Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning responded on Twitter Friday night to a post about his nephew, Arch, breaking one of his high school records.

Arch, the son of Cooper Manning, threw for 356 yards and 7 touchdowns in Isidore Newman’s 55-22 win over Pearl River on Friday night.

The big game gave Arch 7,395 yards and 101 passing touchdowns in his Newman career. While he had already surpassed uncle Peyton’s touchdown passes record (92) the previous week, Arch’s big game on Friday allowed him to surpass uncle Eli’s previous passing yards mark (7,389).

Eli responded to the news over Twitter. He noted that he accomplished his mark while taking snaps from under center.

Is that some salt from Eli? Probably. But the yardage marks he and Peyton put up in the ’90s are very impressive. Offenses weren’t as pass-heavy as they are now.

Maybe Eli has a little bitterness over his nephew choosing to play college ball at Texas instead of Ole Miss!

Russell Wilson has great response to Eli Manning joke

Russell Wilson with headphones on

Aug 13, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning’s somewhat controversial shot at Russell Wilson attracted the Denver Broncos quarterback’s attention, and he offered his response on Wednesday.

On Monday’s ManningCast, Eli Manning joked that the Broncos “should’ve paid that punter $235 million instead of Russell” in response to Denver’s struggles on offense so far in 2022. On Wednesday, Wilson was asked how he felt about the remark, and he had a great comeback.

“You talking about Chad Powers? I’m 3-0 against Chad Powers,” Wilson remarked.

Wilson is referencing a recent viral video in which Manning donned a disguise and tried out for Penn State’s football team under the alias Chad Powers. Wilson’s memory is a good one, as he is indeed 3-0 head-to-head in his NFL career against Manning.

Wilson added that the joke was “part of the game” and “guys having fun,” which is essentially what Manning said about it as well. The Broncos quarterback clearly wasn’t dwelling on it.

Wilson has a lot more to deal with than a crack by an ex-quarterback. He has shown he is paying attention to criticism, but that is an example of something much more relevant to his play.

Eli Manning explains what he meant with his Russell Wilson joke

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning is trying to smooth things over following a joke he made about Russell Wilson’s contract during Monday’s telecast.

Both Wilson and the Denver Broncos offense struggled mightily on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, which was a topic of discussion during Monday’s ManningCast of the Giants-Cowboys game. At one point, Manning joked that the Broncos should have paid punter Corliss Waitman $235 million instead, considering how excellent he was and how often he was called into duty.

On Tuesday, Manning argued that he was not trying to be critical of Wilson with the comment, and he was simply making an “outrageous joke.”

“No, I don’t think we’re trying to be critical. I think we always try to support the guys that are in the game,” Manning told Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports. “I think sometimes, ‘Hey, it’s live TV.’ I never try to take a real shot at somebody. I think that was obviously a very outrageous joke — because a punter had 10 punts. Nothing against Russell. He’s going to do great.”

Manning can say that he thinks Wilson will be great while simultaneously admitting that it was a pretty vicious joke. Sure, it’s a joke that plenty of others might have made, but it certainly could not be construed as supportive.

This isn’t the first time Manning has arguably gone a bit too far on the ManningCast. As he said, however, this is how live television will be sometimes.

ESPN makes big ‘ManningCast’ announcement for 2022

Peyton and Eli Manning on the ManningCast

ESPN has officially confirmed the return of the “ManningCast,” complete with a reveal of the telecast schedule for the 2022 season.

Just like in 2021, Peyton and Eli Manning will conduct a simulcast of ten “Monday Night Football” telecasts, including one playoff game, over the course of the 2022 season on ESPN2. The pair made the announcement on Thursday in a video starring actress Lily Collins.

The Mannings will handle most of the big games on ESPN’s schedule, including Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle in Week 1, as well as several key divisional matchups. Curiously, the pair will skip the Week 6 game involving the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, a curious choice considering how well Peyton knows the Denver organization.

Beyond the schedule, it does not sound like we should expect any significant changes to the “ManningCast” formula that became a viral hit in 2021. That said, they might want to do away with the infamous curse if they want to get the best possible guests.

Eli Manning joins ownership group of unlikely sports franchise

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Retired New York Giants great Eli Manning is going from NFL football to a completely different kind of football.

Manning announced on Wednesday that he has joined the ownership group of NJ/NY Gotham FC, a women’s pro soccer team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Giants senior vice president Pete Guelli will also be joining Manning as part of Gotham FC’s ownership group.

Gotham FC is based in Harrison, NJ, just a few miles away from where the two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning used to play for the Giants. The Athletic adds that Manning becomes the latest notable athlete to purchase a minority stake in Gotham FC. WNBA star Sue Bird did so last month, while women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd, and NBA star Kevin Durant (through his Thirty Five Ventures investment company) are part of their ownership group as well.

Now 41, Manning has had some interesting business ventures since retiring. He will aim for more success with a Gotham FC franchise that still few have heard of but that is quietly assembling a dream team of celebrity investors.

Video: Eli Manning beat Arch Manning in juggling competition

Eli Manning and Arch Manning juggling apples.

Arch Manning has quite a ways to go to reach the level of football success that his uncles Peyton and Eli Manning achieved. The same can apparently be said for the rising high school senior’s juggling skills.

On Tuesday, Eli Manning tweeted a video showing himself and Arch Manning juggling three apples apiece in what looked to be a convenience store. Eli and Arch were in a dead heat at the start, but Arch began losing his balance and ultimately dropped at least one of his apples off-camera.

“Rookie!!” Eli wrote.

Arch Manning, the top player in the 2023 class, announced last month that he was committing to Texas. His commitment has helped the Longhorns land numerous prospects to bolster their recruiting class.

Luckily for Arch, he may not be thrown into the fire during his rookie collegiate season. Quinn Ewers, a highly-touted redshirt freshman who transferred to Texas from Ohio State, seems likely to start for the Longhorns in 2022 and 2023. One former Texas quarterback said that redshirting his first year at the school helped him to understand what it took to be a success at the position.

Redshirting in 2023 will give Arch some more time to adjust to the college game, and perhaps some additional time to sharpen his juggling skills.

H/T TMZ Sports

Tim Tebow names surprising player as possibly best Ole Miss QB ever

Tim Tebow wearing a broadcasting headset

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tim Tebow before the College Football Playoff national championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss has had some good quarterbacks throughout their 100-plus year history, including Archie Manning and Eli Manning. But Tim Tebow believes that another quarterback is the best to ever play the position for the school.

Tebow appeared on ESPN’s “SEC Now” during Wednesday’s portion of the SEC’s annual media days, along with analysts Greg McElroy and Takeo Spikes. The panel was discussing what SEC team had the most talent to replace, and Tebow mentioned Ole Miss. In his answer, the former Heisman Trophy winner had a surprising statement about who he thinks is the program’s greatest quarterback ever.

“I’m really interested to see what Ole Miss looks like,” Tebow said via Erik Hall of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. “It’s such a successful season last year, but you’re losing (offensive coordinator) Jeff Lebby. I think that’s a huge loss. And then, you’re also trying to replace probably the best quarterback in school history — and you’re doing it with two very different guys.”

Tebow was referring to Matt Corral, who played at Ole Miss from 2018-2022 and was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 94th pick in the 2022 draft.

While Corral had a productive four years with the Rebels, Eli Manning is statistically the greatest passer in Ole Miss history in a few major categories. Eli, who played for Ole Miss from 2000-2003, leads all Ole Miss quarterbacks in passing yards (10,119) and touchdowns (81). Bo Wallace, who played for the Rebels from 2012-2014, comes in just behind Manning with 62 touchdown passes and 9,534 passing yards. Corral has the third-most touchdown passes (57) and passing yards (8,287).

However, Corral did have a higher completion percentage (67.3 percent) than Manning, as well as more rushing touchdowns (18 to Manning’s five) and just 23 interceptions to 35 for Manning. Both Corral and Eli peaked with 10-3 seasons in their final years in school.

Archie doesn’t have the same stats since he played in a different era. But his teams went 22-10-1 from 1968-1970, which is more than respectable.

Eli Manning reveals result of his attempt at old Giants’ conditioning test

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning was never known for his speed during his playing days, and that apparently remains the case for the former New York Giants quarterback in retirement.

Manning shared via Twitter Tuesday that he decided to try out a conditioning test from his time with the Giants. The test consists of running 10 half gassers (running from sideline to sideline and back), in 18 seconds or less. But it did not go according to plan.

“So I thought it would be a good idea to try our old conditioning test for the Giants today. 10 half gassers( run sideline to sideline and back) in 18 seconds,” Manning wrote. “I almost made 9 before I pulled my hammy. What was I thinking?Moron!!”

That type of conditioning is brutal for a 41-year-old former player, let alone an NFL athlete in their prime.

Speed was never a word associated with Manning’s game during his 16-year career. He only ran for seven touchdowns and 567 yards on 315 carries in 236 regular-season games. The longest runs of his career were 18-yard rushes in 2007, 2014 and 2015. The two-time Super Bowl champion ran a 4.92 40-yard dash prior to getting drafted. In comparison, Peyton Manning ran a 4.80 40-yard dash, while Drew Brees ran his in 4.83 seconds.

Eli Manning appreciated swipe Ole Miss took at his brother Peyton

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning is viewed by most as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. To some of the people at Ole Miss, however, he is merely Eli’s older brother.

Peyton was shown on the video board during Saturday’s College World Series game between Ole Miss and Auburn in Omaha. The graphic described him as “Eli Manning’s brother.” Eli tweeted on Sunday that he likes that title for his brother.

In most settings, Peyton would probably be described as a Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion. Only at an Ole Miss or possibly New York Giants event would he take a back seat to Eli.

Peyton has been enjoying a lot of the College World Series this year. He was spotted wearing a very appropriate hat during another game on Friday night.

Eli Manning takes swipe at NFL team owner

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning got the best of the New England Patriots in the two biggest games of his career, and he rarely turns down an opportunity to boast about it.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was honored on Wednesday night with Sports Business Journal’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. Manning was among those in attendance, and he had a great zinger for Kraft while congratulating the 80-year-old. Eli said his mother Olivia has offered an apology to Kraft because Kraft’s team would probably have won 10 Super Bowls if not for Eli and his brother Peyton.

Manning and the New York Giants beat Tom Brady and the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. One of those wins, of course, spoiled a perfect season for the Pats. Peyton did not enjoy as much success against New England, but his teams knocked off the Patriots in the playoffs a couple of times.

This is not the first time Eli has thrown a lighthearted jab at Patriots nation, and we’re guessing it won’t be the last.