“Eli and I have always supported each other,” Manning said. “I think Eli’s analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be, as if he was playing it. So, he was just as happy. But it’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before and I recognize it. At some other big moments in my life, he kind of had that similar expression.”
At times like? (Here come the brotherly zingers…)
“I can remember 18 years ago calling the night before the [NFL] draft and saying, ‘Eli, guess what. The Colts are going to draft me No. 1 in the NFL Draft tomorrow.’ ”
And…there’s a jab at Eli’s single-baby births.
“Almost five years ago, Ashley and I are expecting twins. You’re going to be an uncle!”
And…the piece de resistance…
“Guess what. My neck has finally healed. I’m going to play football again.”
For his part, Eli said earlier this week that he was “just focused” on the game.