Eli Manning is willing to share the New York metroplex with his older brother, Peyton, which is nice. The world has been wondering how he’d feel about it, given the Indianapolis Colts’ likely drafting of Peyton’s successor in April and the anonymous carping about Mark Sanchez by his New York Jets teammates.
“It would be fun,” Eli Manning said in his weekly radio spot on ESPN New York’s 1050 (via Ohm Youngmisuk). “We could probably commute to work maybe. We could come home, eat dinner together, have the kids playing ...”
He was, we’re reasonably certain, kidding. Broadcaster Michael Kay suggested that they could even share bunk beds in something like one big, weird slumber party. “Twin beds,” Manning corrected. “We can share notes on opponents and watch some film together.”
One big happy family of NFL teams in New York? Really? There are problems already — Eli Manning joked “that’s right, that’s right” when it was mentioned that Peyton would be coming to Eli’s town.
At the moment, Peyton Manning continues to recover after missing the entire 2011 season because of neck surgery. His future as a player is not certain, nor is his future with the Colts. Eli Manning wasn’t tipping his hand about Peyton’s future or his inclination. Their father, Archie, said over the weekend that Peyton “kind of likes his roots in Indy.”
“It would be interesting. I am not saying it is going to happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique.”