THIBODAUX, La. — For the first time since 2003, there will be only one Manning quarterback in the NFL.
Eli Manning, the New York Giants quarterback, is the lone member of the Manning family in the NFL for the 2016 season after Peyton Manning sailed off into the sunset after capturing his second Super Bowl title earlier this year.
Peyton plans to make more trips to MetLife Stadium to watch his brother play, which will be a new experience for both brothers. In fact, Eli expects a lot of nuances in the brothers’ relationship now that Peyton is settled into his retirement.
“There’s still a lot of good quarterbacks out there,” Eli Manning said during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University on Friday.
“That doesn’t change my perspective or my role. I’m still trying to win games for the New York Giants, play good football, get to the playoffs and win a championship. It’ll be fun to have Peyton come to some regular-season games. He should be able to watch more of my games instead of send texts that you should have thrown to this guy or that guy. It’ll be a lot different.”
With Eli playing on the East Coast and Manning wrapping up his career in Denver, the brothers’ schedule used to allow for each other to tune into each others’ games.
Since Peyton out of the picture, he expects a bit of a change in their routine.
“I’m so used to playing in the 1’o’clock game then getting home to watch him in the afternoon or watching him Sunday or Monday night,” Eli said. “It’s a little different for my big bro not playing football or talking about how a game went, if I didn’t get to watch it on TV.”