Friday, February 5, 2010
Eli's not torn over which team to support
By Dan Graziano
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has kept a low profile this week while his older brother Peyton prepares for Sunday, but he did make a promotional appearance Thursday. Eli grew up in New Orleans as a huge Saints fan, but he told reporters that he's lost that rooting interest over the years. And there's no doubt that he'll be pulling for the Colts on Sunday.
"No question about it,” the Giants’ quarterback said. “If you think about it, I’ve been cheering for the Colts and Peyton for the last 12 years. And having been in the NFL six years myself and having played against the Saints a few times, you kind of quickly lose your home-team loyalty in a sense when you start playing for another NFC team."
"I keep up with the Saints a little bit, and a lot of my friends are big Saints fans. But for this game, it’s a no-brainer: I’ll be rooting for Peyton and the Colts."
We've heard stories for years about how Peyton and Cooper Manning beat up on their little brother, but Eli came up with a couple I hadn't heard Thursday. Apparently Peyton and Cooper took part in mocking their father's old team at one point in the 80s.
"They were at Saints games and my mom was there with Cooper and Peyton and she looked down and they were wearing the ‘Aints’ bag over the head,” Eli said. “They didn’t really know what they were doing; they just thought it was funny to put a bag over your head."
Wish we could've seen the look on Olivia Manning's face.