Eli Manning

Eli Manning

On the following drive, however, Manning again connected with David Tyree on a play in which he avoided several near-sacks and Tyree caught the ball off his helmet for a large gain. Shortly after, Plaxico Burress caught a short touchdown pass with just thirty seconds remaining, and the upset victory was sealed. Manning became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw two go-ahead fourth quarter touchdowns in a Super Bowl (Joe Montana being the first).cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/elias?date=20080203|title=Elias Says...|author=Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.|publisher=ESPN.com|accessdate=2008-03-08|date=2008-02-03] Following the Giants monumental victory, Eli and the coaching staff spoke briefly with President George W. Bush.cite web|url=http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/02/president_bush_calls_members_o.html|title=President Bush calls NY Giants to offer Super Bowl congratulations|author=The Associated Press|publisher=NJ.com|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2008-02-04]

For his efforts, Manning was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLII.cite web|url=http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080205/SPORTS02/802050367&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL|title=It doesn't get any better for grounded Eli|author=Billy Watkins|publisher=Clarion Ledger|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2008-02-05] He and his brother Peyton are the only brother combination to play at quarterback in the Super Bowl and the only set of brothers to win Super Bowl MVP, doing so in successive years. [cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story?id=09000d5d8062bc41&template=with-video&confirm=true|title=Facts about Super Bowl XLII|accessdate=2008-02-04|publisher=NFL.com]

For winning Super Bowl MVP he was given his choice of any 2008 model Cadillac, and Manning chose an Escalade Hybrid. The Wednesday following the Super Bowl he appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman".

2008 season

Eli opened the 2008 season where he left off the previous season, with a victory. The Giants defeated their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, 16–7.cite web|url=http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/26550591/|title=Super start for Giants, then a battle for victory|author=Associated Press|publisher=MSNBC.com|accessdate=2008-09-14|date=2008-09-04] “It was a great opening to the season,” said Manning, who completed 19 passes of 35 for 216 yards, and had one rushing touchdown against one interception. “There was a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement. You could feel it in the crowd." In the Giants' second game of the year against the St. Louis Rams, they won again, 41–13, behind a stellar Manning performance.cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=280914014&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines|title=Manning tosses three TDs; defense sacks Bulger six times in win|author=Associated Press|publisher=ESPN.com|accessdate=2008-09-14|date=2008-09-14] Manning finished the game with 20 completions, 260 yards passing and threw three touchdowns to three different receivers. The victory also marked the team's fourth straight victory over the Rams. The following week, Manning rallied the Giants to more fourth quarter magic, overcoming a late deficit to throw the go-ahead touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Boss and then in overtime, throwing a clutch 31-yard pass to Amani Toomer in the Giants' 26–23 win over Cincinnati. The fourth week of the season saw the Giants score on each of their first six possession and dominate the Seattle Seahawks, 44–6. Manning threw for two touchdowns, completing 19 of 25 passes for 267 yards as the Giants totaled 523 yards on offense, their most since 2002.cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=29595&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2008&week=REG5|title="Giants score on first six possessions in blowout win over Seahawks"|author=Associated Press|publisher=NFL.com|accessdate=2008-10-06|date=2008-10-05]

Awards and accolades


* 2001 Conerly Trophy - Best College Football Player in Mississippicite web|url=http://peytonmanning18.com/elicollegestats.html|title=Eli Manning's College Statistics & Records|author=David Collins|publisher=University of Mississippi|accessdate=2007-01-21|date=]
* 2001 Davey O'Brien Award (finalist) - Awarded to the Nation's Top Quarterback
* 2001 Honorable Mention All-America - "The Football News"
* 2002 Second Team All-America - "The Associated Press"cite web|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=11|title=NFL DRAFT 2004: First-Round Draft Thumbnails|author=Mike Fitzpatrick|publisher=Associated Press|accessdate=2008-03-05|date=2004-04-24]
* 2003 Maxwell Award - Nation's Top Playercite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2004/draft/players/32061.html|title=ELI MANNING Bio|author=SI.com|publisher=SI.com|accessdate=|date=2007-01-21]
* 2003 Conerly Trophy - Best College Football Player in Mississippi cite web|url=http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2004/pdf/HC/HC0124SG.pdf|title=HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 124|author=|publisher=Mississippi Legislature|accessdate=2008-03-05|date=]
* 2003 SEC Most Valuable Back - "Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club"
* 2003 Sports Person of the Year in Mississippi - "The Clarion-Ledger"
* 2003 Mississippi Amateur Athlete of the Year - "Jackson Touchdown Club"
* 2003 National Scholar-Athlete Class - "Division I-A QB"cite web|url=http://www.footballfoundation.com/news.php?id=229|title=2003 National Scholar-Athlete Class Announced|author=|publisher=footballfoundation.com|accessdate=2003-10-29|date=2008-01-21]
* 2003 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award -Awarded to the Nation's Top Quarterback
* 2003 SEC Offensive Player of the Year - "The Associated Press" and the "SEC Coaches"
* 2004 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic Offensive Player of the Game
* Colonel Earl (Red) Blaik Leadership Award - All-America Football Foundation
* USA Today Player of the Year in Louisiana
* First Team All-America - "The All-America Foundation"cite web|url=http://www.footballfoundation.com/news.php?id=248|title=LSU At Mississippi This Saturday|author=|publisher=footballfoundation.com|accessdate=2008-03-05|date=2003-11-20]
* Southeastern Conference Player of the Year
* SEC Player of the Year - "The Commercial Appeal" and the "SEC Coaches"
* First Team All-SEC - "The Associated Press"
* SouthEast's Top Offensive Back - "Touchdown Club of Atlanta Wally Butts Award"


* 2008 Super Bowl XLII Most Valuable Playercite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story?id=09000d5d8067f7e5&template=with-video&confirm=true|title=Manning's coronation is complete with stunning victory|first=Vic|last=Carrucci|publisher=NFL.com|accessdate=2008-02-04|date=2008-02-04]

Manning in popular culture

* Eli, his brothers Peyton and Cooper, and their parents Archie and Olivia all appeared in an ESPN "This is SportsCenter" ad from 2006.cite web|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/giants/2008-01-28-eli-endorsements_N.htm|title=Eli's rise could bring lots of zeroes through endorsements|author=Michael McCarthy|publisher=USA Today|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2008-01-30] cite web|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2008/01/20/2008-01-20_eli_manning_piling_up_endorsements.html|title=Eli Manning piling up endorsements|author=PHYLLIS FURMAN and CARRIE MELAGO|publisher=New York Daily News|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2008-01-20]

* In a 2006 commercial for NFL Sunday Ticket, he and Peyton came home to find Archie giving tips to Matt Leinart, confessing that he "always wanted a lefty".

* He has also co-starred with Peyton for NFLShop.com and Oreo.

* Eli has begun appearing solo in his own commercials, and is a spokesman for Citizen Watch Co.,cite web|url=http://www.fashionwindows.com/fashion_models/2007/eli_manning.asp|title=Citizen Watch Signs New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning To Headline ‘Unstoppable’ Ad Campaign |author=Heide Winkenwerder|publisher=Fashion Window|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2007-06-01] Toyota of New Jersey and Reebok.cite web|url=http://www.reebok.com/useng/news/ELI+MANNING+AND+KELLEN+WINSLOW+JR.htm|title=REEBOK SCORES FOOTBALL PHENOMS ELI MANNING AND KELLEN WINSLOW JR.|author=|publisher=Reebok|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2004-04-21] He reportedly received several more endorsement offers after reaching Super Bowl XLII.

Personal life

*Manning resides in Hoboken, New Jersey,cite web|url=http://nymag.com/news/features/43338/|title=Underdog
author=Adam Sternbergh|publisher=New York Magazine|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=2008-01-27
] in the same building as former fellow Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer and Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine.cite web|url=http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2007/06/eli_manning_i_got_engaged_in_h.html|title=Eli Manning: I got engaged in Hoboken|author=Craig|publisher=NJ.com|accessdate=2008-01-22|date=2007-06-25]

*As a child, Manning had great difficulties reading and was almost held back in the first grade. He credits his mother Olivia in helping him improve his reading.cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/sports/football/29manning.html?em&ex=1201755600&en=df44fd9d38252845&ei=5087%0A|title=Eli Manning Took Cues From Mother|author=Karen Crouse|publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2008-01-29|date=2008-01-29] He would later score 39 on the Wonderlic Test. [cite web|url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/19719-nfl-draft-the-annual-drama-of-the-wonderlic-test|title=NFL Draft: The Annual Drama of the Wonderlic Test]

*He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and was named Sigma Nu Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2003.cite web|url=http://www.olemiss.edu/orgs/sigmanu/nationalawardmembers.html|title=National Award Members]

*Manning, along with his brother Peyton, volunteered their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Among the tasks performed, the Mannings assisted in the delivery of 30,000 pounds of water, Gatorade, baby formula, diapers, and pillows to the people of New Orleans.cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/04/mannings.relief/index.html|title=Manning brothers team up for Katrina relief|author=Marsha Walton|publisher=CNN|accessdate=2008-01-22|date=2005-09-05]
*In 2007, Eli proposed to Abby McGrew of Nashville, Tennessee.cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20015757,00.html|title=NY Giants' Eli Manning, Girlfriend Engaged|author=Stephen M. Silverman|publisher=People Magazine|accessdate=2008-01-22|date=2007-03-22 ] McGrew studies fashion in New Yorkcite web|url=http://www.celebspin.com/eli-manning-and-abby-mcgrew-is-engaged/|title=Eli Manning and Abby McGrew Is Engaged|author=|publisher=Celebspin.com|accessdate=2008-01-22|date=] and has been with Eli since their days at Ole Miss. cite web|url=http://www.stockfiling.com/NewsStory.aspx?storyid=26423&ret=Default.aspx|title=Eli Manning engaged to Abby McGrew|author=|publisher=TransWorldNews|accessdate=2008-01-22|date=2007-10-28] On April 19, 2008 Manning and McGrew had a private ceremony held in San José del Cabo, Mexico.cite web|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/04/19/2008-04-19_giants_eli_manning_married_in_mexico.html|title=Giants' Eli Manning married in Mexico|author=Jo Piazza|publisher=New York Daily News|accessdate=2008-04-20|date=2008-04-19] [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20193253,00.html Eli Manning & Abby McGrew Wed on the Beach] ]

*Manning watched some of the cricket at the Stanford 2020 in Antigua. [http://www.rallenstanford.com/eli-manning-guest-at-the-stanford-2020-cricket-tournament/]

*Manning's hobbies include collecting antiques in the off-season with his mother and wife.cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/sports/football/29manning.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5087&em&en=df44fd9d38252845&ex=1201755600|title=Eli Manning Took Cues From Mother|author=KAREN CROUSE|publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2008-01-29|date=2008-01-29]

*After touring the University of Mississippi Medical Center's "Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children", Manning undertook a 5-year campaign in 2007 to raise $2.5 million for the construction of "The Eli Manning Children's Clinics" at the children's hospital. Eli said in 2007, "I am humbled by the work they do and am honored to make this five-year commitment to help raise funds to build this state-of-the-art clinic that will serve Mississippi families for years to come." His father, Archie, is also a participant in the fundraising efforts as are other celebrities.cite web|url=http://foch.org/mannings.php|title=An Evening with the Mannings 2008|author=|publisher=FOCH.org|accessdate=2008-02-09|date=]

* On April 30, 2008, Eli and the Giants visited President Bush on the South Lawn for the traditional White House Super Bowl champions celebration.cite web|url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/04/20080430-6.html|title=President Bush Welcomes Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants to White House|author=Office of the Press Secretary|publisher=The White House|accessdate=2008-04-30|date=2008-04-30]


ee also

*History of the New York Giants (1994-present)
*Archie Manning
*Peyton Manning
*Manning Passing Academy
*Manning-Rivers trade
*Eli Manning Pass To David Tyree

NAME = Manning, Elisha Nelson
SHORT DESCRIPTION = American athlete
DATE OF BIRTH = January 3, 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH = New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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