Eli Manning pictured himself playing in Super Bowl XLVIII, not being the official ticket wrangler for another starting quarterback.
But pressed into such action by his brother Peyton, taking that burden off the Broncos’ starting quarterback so he can focus on football schemes and not family seating arrangements, Eli Manning was proud of the work he’d done.
“He’s asked for a number for me to try to get,” Manning said, “and I hit that number. Unless he has a few surprises, I’m in good shape right now.”
For the third time in his life, Eli Manning will watch his older brother play in a game he himself desperately wishes he could be a part of. And this time, he’ll do so from the stands of his own building, MetLife Stadium, when the Broncos play the Seahawks on Feb. 2.
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Still, Eli Manning admitted to a hint of envy while riding in the sidecar of Peyton’s motorcade toward a championship.
“Going through a championship game like last week and seeing that excitement and seeing the crowd … it definitely lights a little fire under you to get back to that scenario,” Eli Manning said. “You miss that. Having been there before and knowing that feeling, you do get jealous of that feeling and that excitement that goes along with it. But that was probably more jealous of that atmosphere. It makes you want to get back to that situation, get back to working and get your mind doing whatever I have to do to get the Giants back to the championship games and get back to Super Bowls.”
That won’t stop Eli Manning from doing anything he can to help the Broncos. Besides the ticket brokering, Eli will likely share some advice on facing the Seahawks — he and the Giants faced them just last month in a 23-0 loss — and playing at MetLife Stadium.
Eli said he had some tips for his brother on dealing with the notorious winds, but would not share them publicly for fear that Russell Wilson might pick up on them.
The brothers expect to spend some time together early next week when the Broncos arrive in New Jersey, but by midweek Peyton will turn his attention to football. And winning a second Super Bowl. That title could cement Peyton Manning’s legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time, but Eli Manning said Peyton isn’t focused on that.
“I think Peyton, he’s already created his own legacy,” Eli Manning said. “There will always be arguments about who is the greatest and who is the best. I think if you’re in that argument, if you’re one of the names thrown around in there, I think you’ve already created a pretty good legacy.”