Depending on who you ask, Eli Manning might be described as the lesser talented player of the Manning brothers. Regardless of what one’s opinion is, the New York Giants quarterback, who was selected first overall in 2004, is a two-time Super Bowl winner and four-time Pro Bowler that is noted for his performances in clutch time and the postseason.
Eli Manning’s Early Life
Eli Manning was born Elisha Nelson Manning IV, the last of three sons to Jane Elizabeth (née Nelson) and Elisha Archibald Manning Jr., on the 3rd of January, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Along with his older siblings, Manning attended Isidore Newman School where he played high school football.
Upon graduating, he enrolled at his father’s alma mater, the University of Mississippi, where he rose to legendary status by setting a number of records that still stand today. He was named the nation’s best all-around player by winning the Maxwell Award as he also bagged the SEC Most Valuable Player Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award in his senior year. Manning, however, came third in that year’s Heisman Trophy voting behind quarterback Jason White and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
After graduating with a degree in marketing, Eli Manning was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft with the first overall pick. However, having publicly stated that he was not going to play for the Chargers if they select him, Manning was traded to the New York Giants on draft night where he put pen to paper on a six-year $45 million contract.
Manning had a slow start to life in the NFL as he competed for the starting quarterback position with Kurt Warner and so unable to lead his team to a decent record as they finished the year with a 6-10 record. In his second year, however, Manning was made the official team starting quarterback as he guided the Giants to the NFC East title on the back of an 11–5 record.
In 2007, Eli Manning made his first trip to the Super Bowl where he upset the undefeated New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII. After a four year hiatus from the big event, Manning returned to the Super Bowl in 2011 for a rematch against the Patriots where he again orchestrated an upset against Tom Brady and Co. to win Super Bowl XLVI.
As of 2018, Manning is still with the Giants where he has been able to set a myriad of franchise records that include but is not limited to the most touchdown passes, interceptions thrown, pass completions, pass attempts, and consecutive starts by a quarterback.
Details of Eli Manning’s Family
The Mannings have been described as American football’s royal family since both Eli and his older brother Peyton are both two-time Super Bowl winners as their father Archie was also a standout quarterback in his time which led to him being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Peyton Manning, who played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons before joining the Denver Broncos for his last four seasons, is considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. This is due to his achievements that include 14 Pro Bowl appearances (NFL record), 7 First-team All-Pro honors, 5 NFL MVP titles, 3 Bert Bell Awards, and 2 NFL Offensive Player of the Year titles, among numerous others.
Like Eli, Peyton was also a first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He then went on to become the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises as he also became the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two franchises on more than one occasion.
Is He Married with Kids?
Eli Manning is married to his college sweetheart, Abby McGrew, who he met during his time at the University of Mississippi. McGrew was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Brentwood Academy before heading to Mississippi where she was a member of Kappa Delta’s Alpha Mu chapter. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in family and consumer sciences before moving to New York to work as an account executive for designer Pamella Roland.
Manning and McGrew exchanged vows on the 19th of April, 2008 at a private ceremony held in San José del Cabo, Mexico. The couple has since welcomed three daughters; Ava France, who was born in March 2011, Lucy Thomas who was born in June 2013, and Caroline Olivia who was born in January 2015.
How Tall is He?
Eli Manning measures one inch more than the average NFL quarterback with a height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m), although he is a long way away from the tallest player in that position who measures at 6 feet 9 inches. He further weighs about 220 pounds (100 kg).