Recently, we had the opportunity to meet with Eli Manning of the NFL at Steiner Sports. Before arriving, we wanted to do some background research on the quarterback. We didn’t want to just think of him as a superstar in the NFL, just because he is a superstar on the grid iron doesn’t mean he isn’t just as “normal” as all of us. We wanted to think (and treat) him like any other person. With respect, and not make the focus of conversation all about his success on the field. We spoke with him about growing up in Louisiana. What life was like in the south. We also spoke to him about a mutual friend he has with CEO Alycia Kaback in Bill Duff (small world, eh?)
Here is a little more on Eli: Eli Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL 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 (Ole Miss) 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 has been named Most Valuable Player for two Super Bowls (Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI) and is one of five quarterbacks to have been given this honor twice.
Manning is also a former member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.