MANNING VS. MANNING: SIBLING RIVALRY GOES PRO PEYTON, ELI TO SQUARE OFF FOR FIRST TIME.Byline: MATTHEW KREDELL Staff Writer
Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. went for the steal at the top of the key and missed, leaving his brother an open lane to the basket.
Eli broke for the hoop, leaped and threw down a slam dunk to take the 1-on-1 game 10-8. It was the first time Eli had beaten his older brother in any sport.
To be fair, it was in the middle of high school basketball season for Eli while Peyton, who was the starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. at the time, hadn't shot a basketball in five years.
But growing up with the ultra-competitive Peyton five years his senior, Eli would take any victory he could get.
``It was one thing to lose to your little brother,'' Eli said. ``But to get dunked on the last play, he wasn't too happy about it.''
Peyton will have his chance at revenge today when he and Eli become the first brothers to start against each other at quarterback in an NFL NFL
National Football League
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With Eli's New York Giants
What a way to kick off the season.
Peyton said the brothers probably would talk on the phone Saturday, when his plane arrived in New Jersey, as they usually speak before to game day.
But this won't be their normal chat, in which they compare Xs and Os and give any tips they have on the other's opponent.
``Obviously, I don't think we'll have the same content of conversation this week,'' Peyton said. ``... It will probably be pretty normal brother conversation. How are you feeling, what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. , and the same old, same old. As far as football talk, it's pretty limited on that basis.''
The brothers don't want to give anything away in what looks to be a highly competitive game. The teams combined for 25 victories during the regular season last year, each winning its division title. They enter this season with higher aspirations aspirations npl → aspiraciones fpl (= ambition); ambición f
aspirations npl (= hopes, ambition) → aspirations fpl .
``This is made for TV,'' Colts coach Tony Dungy Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Prior to that, between 1996 and 2001, he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. said of the game, which will be televised at 5:15 p.m. on Channel 4. ``They couldn't have asked for anything better -- two really good teams, two playoff play·off also play-off
1. A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
2. A series of games played to determine a championship.
Noun 1. teams from last year, playing in NewYork on opening night with a story line that's never happened before in the NFL. You couldn't have scripted it any better.
``I think both of those guys are trying to do a good job of looking at this game as what it is -- a really tough game that one team's going to come out 1-0.''
And one team, and one brother, is going to come out of it 0-1, which will make it tough on the family.
The Manning name has a hint of American royalty. The Mannings are to football what the Kennedys are to politics.
Archie Manning Elisha Archie Manning (born May 19, 1949) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He is the father of current Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Peyton Manning, current New York Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning, and former Ole Miss starred as a quarterback at Ole Miss, playing in the first prime-time broadcast of a college game in 1969. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy Heisman Trophy
Annual award given to the outstanding college gridiron football player in the U.S. The trophy was instituted in 1935 by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club and was officially named the following year for the club's first athletic director, the player-coach voting as a senior and was later elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In a 13-year NFL career with the New Orleans Saints
Peyton, 30, grew up around the game along with his older brother, Cooper, who went to Ole Miss as a receiver before his career ended because of injury.
Peyton went to Saints practices to watch Archie play. He would go back into the locker room and sometimes go on road trips. He was 8 years old when his father retired. Football has been foremost in his thoughts for as long as he can remember.
``That had a big influence on me,'' Peyton said. ``I liked watching the game, I liked the players and had a little passion about it.''
Eli doesn't remember his father's playing days. His earliest memories of football were being dragged to his brothers' games. It wasn't until high school that his own future in the sport became apparent.
``Cooper and I played a lot of pick-up games, we had a lot of neighborhood games,'' Peyton said. ``Eli, being five years younger, just wasn't quite old enough to play in those same games. So, no one in our family expected this to be the case at any point.''
Despite their differences growing up, the brothers ended up in similar spots. They were both No. 1 overall selections in the NFL draft The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds , and they've been successes since joining the league.
Peyton's statistics are second to none. The 49 touchdown passes he threw in 2004 are an NFL record.
Eli finished his first full season as a starter ranked in the league's top five in touchdown passes and yards in 2005.
``In my opinion, he is the best,'' Eli said of Peyton. ``I like him, I like what he does and he's definitely a benchmark in what I need to do (to) raise my level of play.''
Archie and his wife, Olivia, will be sitting in a luxury suite at Giants Stadium, trying to avoid the endless family reaction shots that television stations love to show.
``I know it's going to be difficult and awkward for my family and my parents, and I know they will just try to get through it,'' Peyton said. ``But Eli and I are excited about the game actually being here.''
This could be one of only two times the brothers face each other in their careers. The next time the Giants and Colts play is expected to be in 2010. They might go again in 2014, but Peyton could be retired by then.
``The way Peyton and my relationship is, we've never competed much,'' Eli said. ``We're not the type to rub it in, or make this something we brag about. ... It's not going to be spoken about, really.''
So says the brother who still talks about that slam dunk back in high school.
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