Eli Manning is one of the NFL’s most famous star quarterbacks, known for winning two Super Bowl Championships with the New York Giants. Manning is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, and the brother of Cooper and Peyton Manning.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Manning played college football at Ole Miss, passing for 10,119 yards and 81 touchdowns in his four seasons as quarterback. He graduated with the Maxwell Award for the country’s best all-around player, and was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
Out of college, Manning was the number one pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Originally picked up by the San Diego Chargers, Manning was traded to the NY Giants. His first year in the NFL was unsuccessful, but the Giants made the playoffs in 2005 and 2006, finishing in 2007 with a record of 10-6. In 2007, Manning led the team into the Super Bowl against the undefeated New England Patriots. The Giants won the game, with Manning named MVP for completing 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards, and throwing two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. This victory made Eli and Peyton Manning the first brothers to become back-to-back Super Bowl winners and MVP quarterbacks.
The Giants barely made the playoffs in 2011, but Manning once again carried the team to victory against the Patriots, completing 30 of 40 passes, and again winning MVP. Following Super Bowl XLVI, Manning’s performance saw fluctuations, though his contributions always brought his team closer to victory.
Manning is active in charitable causes and organizations in his spare time. Manning joined the effort to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and helped raise awareness about the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Manning has also raised $2.5 million for the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic, and hosts the annual Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Golf Classic. He is regularly booked for speaking engagements and corporate events.