We are approaching what seems like is the last week of Eli Manning as a New York Giant and possibly the last week of Eli Manning in the NFL. So of course some stories are coming out about Eli Manning and how he was behind the scenes and this guy seems to be absolutely awesome.
ESPN- Eli Manning always drank beer on the team bus. It was a Broadway Joe kind of thing to do, and a fact that might run counter to an image Manning spent absolutely no time crafting. But win, lose or draw, Manning would find someone on the road to buy him a six-pack or 12-pack that he would carry to the back of the bus, on ice, and share with some veterans as they discussed the game on the ride to the airport.
Even then, Manning’s consistency stunned his New York Giants teammates. “It was unbelievable,” said Lawrence Tynes, the kicker who won two championships with the quarterback. “He had a guy in every f—ing stadium in the league to get him that beer.”
A beer guy at every stadium? Now that’s pretty cool. How do you go actually pull that? Pretty impressive if you ask me. And respect from teammates he really did have that.
“He’s the most consistent human being I’ve ever played with,” Lawrence Tynes said. “If you can build a player to handle playing quarterback in New York, you would build an Eli.” Said another former teammate, Shaun O’Hara: “I never heard him say, ‘Man, I was slinging it today.’ Or, ‘Did you see that throw to [David] Tyree or to [Mario] Manningham?’ He never once bragged about any throw, any play or any game.”
And was he aware of the Eli Manning face? Well absolutely.
Around his home in Summit, New Jersey, or around his mansion in the Hamptons, or around his favorite Manhattan haunts, Manning was almost always willing to sign autographs for fans, even the most intrusive ones who interrupted his dinner. He sometimes declined requests for pictures when he was out, according to one friend, because he tired of his photos contributing to the social media wave of goofy Eli faces.
Eli Manning pic.twitter.com/OqPfBN4Ues" hes drinking the pain away lol
— Tyler Laube (@TmacNp22) November 25, 2013
Eli Manning is a legend man.