INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning can’t escape Peyton Manning’s shadow. His big brother is looming over him as Super Bowl XLVI approaches. It’s something the Giants QB has had to deal with his whole career, but was pointedly obvious in today’s media session.
Eli Manning is one win away from doubling Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl wins. And if he happens to beat the Patriots for the second time in a Super Bowl, after prevailing in Super Bowl XLII, he will do it in his brother’s stadium.
So Eli Manning was forced to endure questions about his brother, his own legacy compared to Peyton’s, and whether he plans to eat dinner with his family this week. (He won’t.) But there was one thing Eli Manning said that stood out, a story about how Peyton would bully him when he was a young kid.
“I probably have quite a few of them, but to limit it to one — his most popular move, he would pin me down and take his knuckles and knock on my chest and make me name the 12 schools in the SEC (Southeastern Conference),” Manning said. “I didn’t know them all at the time, but I quickly learned them. It was a great learning technique. I don’t suggest anyone else try it out, but it definitely made me learn the schools of the SEC. Once I figured those out, he moved on.
“There were 28 teams in the NFL at that point,” Manning continued. “So all teams in the NFL. I had to get my studying on for that. Then once I figured that out, the one I never got was the 10 brands of cigarettes. When he really wanted to torture me and knew I had no shot of ever getting it, that’s when I just started screaming for my mom or dad to come save me, or maybe Cooper. That was his go-to move.”