Eli, Giants React to Manning Rap Video
Added by Vin D'Anton on August 8, 2013.
Ever since his second Super Bowl victory over a year ago, it seems Giants quarterback Eli Manning has come out of his shell. After winning XLII in 2008, his interview with David Letterman was typical Eli; dull and a couple of smirks here and there. By the way, that’s not a big deal, but boring is boring.
In 2012, Eli had his second go around with Letterman and people actually laughed with him and not at him. He was relaxed, telling jokes and smiling. Two months later, he hosted Saturday Night Live. Even with poor writing (thanks Seth Myers) and some bad skits, Eli still made us laugh. Whether it was the courtroom shenanigans, the banana junk picture or the little brother Digital Short, it was clear that the two-time Super Bowl MVP could now also compete with his brother on TV.
On Tuesday night, DirecTV released another ad of the Manning Brothers selling NFL Sunday Ticket Max to football fans. In the past it’s been cops and fairies (with Deion Sanders); now, it’s rappers.
There was no way the New York media would not ask about this at Giants camp in East Rutherford. Eli knew his teammates as well, would be on him about it.
“It was playing a little bit in the locker room,” said Manning. “I think a lot of the guys were surprised about it and so it got some laughs. I got some heat for it as well. I guess the song is a little catchy and just a few guys going through the cafeteria line and they don’t even know I’m behind them and they’re kind of humming the song or the words. That’s it. They’re kind of just going around and just singing the song every once in a while.”
Eli also added that it was a fun experience for he and his big brother.
“Peyton and I had fun doing the skit and obviously it got a lot of laughs together… just every time we kind of looked at each other and wondered what we were doing,” said Eli. “We got some laughs, so it was a fun day.”
Some teammates loved the louder side of their quiet quarterback. Cornerback Aaron Ross called it “classic Easy E, man.”
“I thought he did well,” said guard Chris Snee. “It was funny. I knew nothing about it until I came into the locker room, but guys were laughing watching it on their phones. Then I saw it and now it’s all over the TV. It was pretty funny.
“It was awesome,” said punter Steve Weatherford. “It’s good to see Peyton (he later corrected himself saying he meant Eli) in a different light. We see, maybe not to that extreme every day, but he’s a funny guy and I don’t think a lot of people know how quirky and funny he is.”
The punter even had a favorite part. “When he jumped out of Alexander Graham Bell’s portrait, “who cares? (dude’s) dead!”, said Weatherford. “I think we probably had as much fun with it in the locker room as all the media, all the fans did because nobody sees him in that light. It was fun. It was a lot of fun for everyone I think.”
Did Coach Coughlin watch?
“I just heard about that (the video),” said Coughlin. “I have not sat down and taken a look at that. I don’t know what the music awards are, but I’m sure he’ll be in the running, he and Peyton.”