Manning Eli says Peyton's legacy safe, win or lose
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[February 04, 2016]
By Larry Fine
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New York Giants
quarterback Eli Manning says older brother Peyton has not talked to him
about his playing future this week, adding that the legacy of the Denver
Broncos quarterback is set, win or lose Super Bowl 50.
The younger Manning has won a pair of Super Bowl titles and Super
Bowl MVP awards with the Giants compared to one for his celebrated
big brother, but Eli said regardless of the outcome against the
Carolina Panthers, Peyton has left a lasting mark.
"His impact on the game and the NFL, especially on the quarterback
position, has been made," Eli told reporters on Wednesday about his
39-year-old brother, who holds a host of significant NFL
quarterbacking records from an 18-year career.
"He kind of set a standard of playing up-tempo football, the
no-huddle (offense), being able to get into any play, being that
offensive coordinator on the field that you're seeing more and more
"He kind of started that trend and played at an extremely high
level, won a lot of games and been part of some all-time great
offenses and he's been an ambassador for the NFL for a very long
Believing the Broncos quarterback's legacy is already set will not
keep Peyton's 35-year-old kid brother from cheering him on like a
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"I get emotional about it, hopefully will have lots of reasons to
cheer and get excited. I'm rooting for him hard," said Eli,
appearing for FedEx, which announced a $200 million commitment to
help 200 under served global communities by 2020.
"I watch it as a little brother rooting for my big brother to play
Eli, a more inconsistent player than Peyton, expected a good Super
"Two teams that are very deserving," he said. "Both defenses are
much the best in the NFL so it will be interesting to see who can go
out there and perform at the highest level when it matters the
Wednesday was the eighth anniversary of Eli Manning's first Super
Bowl triumph in leading the Giants to a 17-14 upset over the
unbeaten New England Patriots and he cherished the memory.
"You learn a lot what winning a championship means to everybody in
your circle. From your family members to your team mates, to ex-team
mates that you played with from high school to college, for the
ownership, the coaches and the fans," he said.
(Editing by Steve Keating)
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