How Eli Manning Won Over NYC

How the younger Manning turned his vices into virtues with one improbable drive
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
NFL quarterback Eli Manning attends the Whitney Art Party and auction at Skylight on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – It took a while for New Yorkers to warm to Eli Manning and his quiet intensity, Kevin Conley writes in a profile of the Giants quarterback in Men’s Vogue, but he turned the town around with one miraculous drive—and a Super Bowl win. Manning, who lives in Hoboken, is press shy, but among his team, he’s known as a prankster.

At practice, Manning sometimes parks in way that forces some of his more hulking teammates to climb into their cars via the passenger side. And that sense of humor is making its way into his public persona. He recently joked that the Giants linemen are taking credit for the Super Bowl-winning play, saying it never would have happened “if they didn’t miss their blocks.” (Read more Eli Manning stories.)