EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On cellphones inside the New York Giants' locker room, in the hallways and in the cafeteria of the team complex, players can't stop playing or singing "Football On Your Phone."
— DIRECTV (@DIRECTV) August 6, 2013
Giants fans don't have to worry about their quarterback finding a new hobby or career, though. "Easy-Eli" is retiring from the rap game.
"I think I will stay with my day job and keep playing football for long as possible," a sheepish Manning said before Giants practice Wednesday. "A one and done. A one-hit wonder probably."
Giants players didn't know about the commercial, which came out Tuesday afternoon, until they came off the practice field that day. Soon after, many were watching on their phones in the locker room, and the catchy song has caught on faster than a David Wilson 40-yard dash.
The Giants have gotten a kick out of seeing their quarterback dress in drag as the host of "Saturday Night Live" in the past. Manning has appeared in numerous commercials and even dressed as a cop with his brother in another Direct TV commercial. But this one seems to have the locker room buzzing.
"I've never heard Eli sing, period," right guard Chris Snee said. "When he controls the radio, it's usually country or something nobody really wants to listen to besides him."
Manning said he and his brother were mostly all business while filming the commercial.
"Obviously got a lot of laughs together just every time we would kind of look at each other and wonder what we were doing," Manning said. "[Wore] a lot of makeup and just kept it on for four or five hours during the commercial and then take it off and back to normal life and try not to think about it."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he has not seen the video yet of his quarterback rapping.
"I don't know what the music awards are," Coughlin cracked. "But whatever it is, I am sure he will be in the running, he and Peyton."
Punter Steve Weatherford said he thinks the commercial will remain a big hit in the locker room for at least another week.
"He's a funny guy, and I don't think a lot of people know how quippy and funny he is," Weatherford said. "It's a consensus that Peyton is a little more outgoing, a little more outspoken, but I thought Eli stole the show there.
"I think we probably had as much fun with it in the locker room as all the media and all the fans did. Because nobody sees him like that."
Manning's first and last rap song is a hit with the Giants.
"It's just been funny," Manning said. "I guess the song is a little catchy. [There's been] a few guys going to the cafeteria line and they don't even know I am behind them and they are humming the song or the words."
"I say, 'I think it's got you,' " Manning continued. "That song gets stuck in your head all day. They are kind of just going around singing the song every once in a while."