Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (born January 3, 1981, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the starting quarterback for the New York Giants NFL franchise. He is the son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and Olivia Williams Manning, and is the younger brother of current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning's older brother, Cooper, played football for the University of Mississippi like his younger brother and father.
Eli earned numerous academic honors while at The University of Mississippi (commonly referred to as "Ole Miss"). He made the Chancellor's Honor Roll in the Fall of 1999 and the Fall of 2002, the Dean's Honor Roll in the Spring and Fall of 2000. Additionally, Manning made the U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in the Spring of 2001, 2002, and 2003. He also made the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was also named to the 2001 and 2002 Verizon District VI All-Academic first team and the 2001 Verizon national All-Academic second team. He received the 2003 The Sporting News Radio Socrates Award, which recognizes a collegiate student-athlete who demonstrates excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship. He received the NCAA's Today Top VIII Award (the highest honor given to student-athletes by the NCAA, which includes an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship). Manning was also a finalist for the Draddy Award, given to the top student-athlete in the nation. Additionally, Eli was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He was named Sigma Nu national Athlete of the Year for 2001 and 2003. Manning received the 2003 Colonel Earl (Red) Blaik Leadership Award from The All-America Foundation, which included a scholarship to the University of Mississippi given in his name. Manning was also elected to the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame.
Pre-NFL Football Career
Eli Manning played high school football at the prestigious Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a three year starter. In his senior year, he led the team to the playoffs, posting an 11-1 record. Eli ended his high school career with 7,389 yards, 81 touchdowns, and only 24 interceptions. He was voted All-District, All-State, and All-America. Other accolades that he received include the USA Today Player of the Year in Louisiana and All-Metro MVP.
As the clock ticked away on his college decision, Eli received an interesting call from David Cutcliffe. Formerly the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, he had been hired as the head coach at Ole Miss. Eli knew how much Cutcliffe had done to help his older brother Peyton improve his game. The news that he was now in charge of the Rebel program was all he needed to hear. The 18-year-old followed his father’s footsteps, and made his way to Oxford, Mississippi.
Eli Manning played college football at the University of Mississippi and studied for a marketing major. During his career at Ole Miss, Eli set or tied 47 single-game, season, and career records. His career numbers include 10,119 passing yards (fifth on the SEC career list), 81 touchdown passes (third on the SEC career list), and a passer rating of 137.7 (tied for sixth on the SEC career list).
In 2001, Manning earned honorable mention All-America honors from Football News and collegefootballnews.com. He also won the 2001 Charlie Conerly Trophy, given to the top collegiate football player in the state of Mississippi. He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Before the season, Manning was named to the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook's 2001 preseason All-SEC first team.
In 2002, Manning was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The Associated Press voted him second team All-SEC after the season. He was also named the Best Leader in the SEC by The Birmingham News. Before the season, Manning was selected to the 2002 Playboy All-America team. He also was named to the preseason All-SEC second team by The Birmingham News, The Sporting News, and the Southeastern Post.
In 2003, Manning led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a 31-28 SBC Cotton Bowl victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He earned numerous accolades for his play. He won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player. He also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top senior quarterback. He was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. He was also a finalist for The Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award. He earned first team All-America honors from The All-America Foundation and Southern Football Weekly. He was named second team All-America by The Associated Press and The Sporting News, and honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press and the SEC Coaches. He was selected as the SEC Player of the Year by The Commercial Appeal and the SEC Coaches. He won the Charlie Conerly Award, given to the top collegiate student-athlete in the state of Mississippi. He was named the 2003 SEC Most Valuable Back by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He received the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Wally Butts Award as the Southeast's Top Offensive Back. He earned first team All-SEC honors by both The Associated Press and SEC Coaches. He also garnered All-SEC honors from The Chattanooga Times Free Press, CollegeFootballNews.com, and The Commercial Appeal. He was selected as the 2003 Mississippi Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Jackson Touchdown Club. The Clarion-Ledger named him Mississippi Sportsperson of the Year. He was invited to play in the 2004 Senior Bowl, but chose not to play. He was also named to the SEC Good Works Team. Before the season, Manning was named to the 2003 preseason All-America first team by Lindy's and Football Action. He was also named to the 2003 Playboy preseason All-America team.
The NFL Draft
Manning was considered to be the top prospect prior to the 2004 NFL Draft and became a target of criticism for stating that he would not play for the San Diego Chargers, who owned the first pick in the draft. In the past, players such as John Elway and Gary Zimmerman had also refused to play for teams looking to draft them. The Chargers were in discussions with several teams prior to the draft, including the New York Giants, about a possible trade, but nothing was agreed upon before the draft began. Despite his stated intention not to play for them, the Chargers drafted Manning with the first overall pick in the draft. The Giants then selected N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick in the draft, another player the Chargers had shown interest in. The two franchises were then able to work out a deal that would send Eli to the Giants for Rivers along with their first and third-round picks in 2005. The controversy put a damper on the celebration that normally goes with being the #1 pick, as the Charger fans in the crowd booed and chanted "Eli Sucks!" when he was announced. Shortly thereafter the Giants fans drowned out the rest of the crowd and loudly voiced their approval of the trade that made Eli a Giant, even if some were displeased about the amount given up by New York in the trade.
Chargers fans did not forget the snub, and on September 25, 2005 when Eli and the Giants made their first trip to San Diego for a game since that draft day, the crowd booed Manning loudly every time he touched the ball. San Diego defeated the Giants, 45-23, but Eli displayed what may have been his most impressive performance of his young career, going 24-41 for 352 yards and two touchdowns.
Following his performance at San Diego, Manning returned home to throw for almost 300 yards and a career high four touchdowns against the Rams at Giants stadium in a 44-24 romp. Two games later, he led a brilliant last-minute drive against the Broncos to secure a 24-23 victory for the Giants. The drive culminated in a two yard touchdown to Amani Toomer. The following week, Manning overcame a weak first half at San Francisco to help his team to their first official road victory of the season, 24-6. Despite a poor performance at home against the Vikings, throwing four interceptions, he again led his team back to tie the game in the final minutes before Minnesota won on a late field goal.
One of Eli's biggest assets has been his ability to respond to poor performances with strong outputs in following games. At home against Philadelphia, Manning threw three touchdown passes, including a 61 yarder to wideout Plaxico Burress in the fourth quarter to seal a 27-17 victory. Although the Giants fell just short the following week in Seattle, Manning shined again, throwing for over 300 yards and two more touchdowns (including one late in the game to tie the score).
Despite his statistics dropping off slightly in the latter part of the season, Manning helped his team to secure the NFC Eastern Division Title. In the regular season finale, he threw a 78 yard laser to Burress helping his team to a big lead. The Giants held on to defeat the Raiders and former quarterback Kerry Collins 30-21 to claim the title. While the Giants were quickly eliminated in a brutal performance against the Carolina Panthers the following week 23-0, Eli's first full season was seen as a success. He threw for nearly 3,800 yards, tossed 24 touchdowns to only 17 interceptions, and rallied his team to several exciting fourth quarter comebacks. Eli's biggest weakness during the 2005 season was his passing accuracy; he completed only 53% of his passes, extraordinarly low for an NFL quarterback.
He was named MVP of Super Bowl XLII after the Giant's upset victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots in February 2008. Just one year after his brother Peyton won the same award for the Colts and their victory over the Chicago Bears.
Strengths: Strong-armed QB with a great pedigree. Can make all the throws. Has great mechanics, a textbook setup, and a nice, high release. Has the prototypical size for a quarterback. Has decent touch and pocket awareness. pretty mobile and steps into the pocket well
Weaknesses: Wildly inconsistent. Will still lock onto his primary receiver and force throws that aren't there.
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