WASHINGTON -- Eli Manning arrived at the White House a few hours before his teammates Friday, and he probably could have made his way around without a guide.
For the second time in five years, Manning and the New York Giants visited the White House as President Barack Obama honored the Super Bowl XLVI champions.
"I'm starting to figure it out a little bit," Manning said when asked if he knew his way around the White House. "I kinda know take a right, take a left. ... It's just special to be here, and any time you get an opportunity to come to the White House, explore around and meet the people who work here."
In perfect weather conditions on the South Lawn, President Obama praised the Giants for their resiliency.
"Last year's Giants were obviously a special one not just because of where they ended up but because of how they got there," he said. "Not many teams have to deal with a late hit on the head coach. I saw that Jets game. Coach (Tom) Coughlin reminds everybody that he did not go down. That is a tough guy, and you can see that toughness reflected on everybody else on this team.
"The Giants took a whole bunch of hits this season but they never went down. They followed a simple motto -- finish."