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Encyclopedia > Eli Manning
Eli Manning
New York GiantsNo. 10
Quarterback
Date of Birth: January 3, 1981 (1981-01-03) (age 26)
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana Flag of the United States
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
National Football League Debut
2004 for the New York Giants
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: University of Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
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Stats at NFL.com

Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. This article is about the current National Football League team. ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... NOLA redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nations outstanding senior quarterback in college football. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... This award is for college football players in Mississippi The Conerly Trophy is an award given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... NOLA redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... NFL redirects here. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. ... Cooper Manning (born 1974 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the eldest brother of current NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning and son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. ... Elisha Archie Manning (born May 19, 1949) is a former quarterback in professional American football. ...

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College career

Eli Manning during his tenure at Ole Miss.

Prior to making his college decision, Eli received a call from David Cutcliffe, formerly the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. Cutcliffe had been hired as the head coach at Ole Miss and had previously helped older brother Peyton improve his game. Upon learning Cutcliffe was now in charge of the Rebel program, the 18-year-old followed his father’s footsteps, and made his way to Oxford, Mississippi.[1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (401x957, 77 KB) I took this photo myself in September 2003. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (401x957, 77 KB) I took this photo myself in September 2003. ... David Cutcliffe, former head football coach at the University of Mississippi David Cutcliffe (born September 16, 1954) is the offensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the former head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. ...


While at the University of Mississippi, Eli Manning studied for a marketing major. During his football career at Ole Miss, Eli set or tied 47 single-game, season, and career records. His career numbers include 10,119 passing yards (fifth on the SEC career list), 81 touchdown passes (third on the SEC career list), and a passer rating of 137.7 (tied for sixth on the SEC career list). The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ...


In 2001, Manning earned honorable mention All-America honors from Football News and collegefootballnews.com. He also won the 2001 Conerly Trophy, given to the top collegiate football player in the state of Mississippi. He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Before the season, Manning was named to the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook's 2001 preseason All-SEC first team. This award is for college football players in Mississippi The Conerly Trophy is an award given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. ... Robert David OBrien (June 22, 1917 – November 18, 1978) was a professional American football player who played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and was also an agent for the FBI. OBrien played college football at Texas Christian University, and in 1938 led TCU to an undefeated season. ...


In 2002, Manning was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The Associated Press voted him second team All-SEC after the season. He was also named the Best Leader in the SEC by The Birmingham News. Before the season, Manning was selected to the 2002 All-America team. He also was named to the preseason All-SEC second team by The Birmingham News, The Sporting News, and the Southeastern Post. The Birmingham News is a the daily newspaper for Birmingham, Alabama, and the largest newspaper in Alabama. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


In 2003, Manning led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a 31-28 SBC Cotton Bowl victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He earned numerous accolades for his play. He won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player and the Conerly Trophy, as the best college football player in Mississippi. He also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top senior quarterback. He was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. He was also a finalist for The Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award. He earned first team All-America honors from The All-America Foundation and Southern Football Weekly. He was named second team All-America by The Associated Press and The Sporting News, and honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press and the SEC Coaches. He was selected as the SEC Player of the Year by The Commercial Appeal and the SEC Coaches. He won the Charlie Conerly Award, given to the top collegiate student-athlete in the state of Mississippi. He was named the 2003 SEC Most Valuable Back by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He received the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Wally Butts Award as the Southeast's Top Offensive Back. He earned first team All-SEC honors by both The Associated Press and SEC Coaches. He also garnered All-SEC honors from The Chattanooga Times Free Press, CollegeFootballNews.com, and The Commercial Appeal. He was selected as the 2003 Mississippi Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Jackson Touchdown Club. The Clarion-Ledger named him Mississippi Sportsperson of the Year. He was invited to play in the 2004 Senior Bowl, but chose not to play. He was also named to the SEC Good Works Team. Before the season, Manning was named to the 2003 preseason All-America first team by Lindy's and Football Action. He was also named to the 2003 preseason All-America team. SBC may refer to: Session Border Controller (VoIP, NGN term) // South Birmingham College, a college of Further Education in Birmingham, England St. ... For the Cotton Bowl stadium, see Cotton Bowl (stadium). ... Oklahoma State University Logo The Oklahoma State University System comprises of five educational instututes across Oklahoma. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... This award is for college football players in Mississippi The Conerly Trophy is an award given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. ... The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nations outstanding senior quarterback in college football. ... OBrien Award logo The Davey OBrien Award, officially the Davey OBrien National Quarterback Award, is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the Davey OBrien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks. ... Associated Press logo This article concerns the news service. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Associated Press logo This article concerns the news service. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ...


Professional career

2004 NFL Draft

Main article: Rivers-Manning Trade

Eli Manning was considered to be the top prospect prior to the 2004 NFL Draft. He became a target of criticism for stating that he would not sign with the San Diego Chargers, who owned the first pick in the draft, due to their recent poor record of holdouts with high-first-round picks such as Quentin Jammer and LaDainian Tomlinson. Manning's claim was proven to be justified when the Chargers' eventual first-round player, Philip Rivers, had a lengthy contract dispute with the team. In the past, players such as John Elway and Gary Zimmerman had also refused to play for teams looking to draft them. The Chargers were in discussions with several teams prior to the draft about a possible trade, but nothing was agreed upon before the draft began. Despite his stated intention not to play for them, the Chargers drafted Manning with the first overall pick in the draft. Manning refused to wear a Chargers cap for the traditional photo holding the team shirt, increasing the antipathy felt by Chargers fans. The Giants then selected N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick in the draft, another player the Chargers had shown interest in. The two franchises were then able to work out a trade that would send Manning to the Giants for Rivers along with their 1st and 5th round picks in 2005 and a 3rd round pick in 2004. The controversy turned out to be a blessing for the Chargers, as the picks became future Pro Bowlers Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding. The Rivers-Manning trade was a NFL trade that occurred on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... Quentin The Shadow Jammer (born June 19, 1979 in Angleton, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays cornerback for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. His nicknames are The Hammer, Log Jammer and P.I. // Quentin Jammer attended Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who currently plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. In the 2004 NFL Draft, Rivers was obtained in a draft-day trade with the New York Giants -- the Chargers drafted quarterback Eli Manning... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... Gary Zimmerman was born Dec. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who currently plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. In the 2004 NFL Draft, Rivers was obtained in a draft-day trade with the New York Giants -- the Chargers drafted quarterback Eli Manning... The Rivers-Manning trade was a NFL trade that occurred on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... Shawne Merriman (born May 25, 1984 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland) is an American football outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. // He was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland, College Park. ... Nate Kaeding (born March 26, 1982) is an American football placekicker who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2004 in the 3rd round with a pick acquired from Rivers-Manning Trade. ...


2004 season

Manning spent the first half of his rookie year being tutored by veteran Kurt Warner. After two tough defeats in the middle of the 2004 campaign, coach Tom Coughlin decided to start Eli against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite several poor performances, Eli finished the season with three successive solid games against the Steelers, Bengals, and Cowboys. On January 2nd, 2005 against Dallas, Eli's future trademark as a "come-from-behind" quarterback came front and center as he led the Giants to a last-minute touchdown drive to end an eight-game losing streak with a 28-24 victory. Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971, Burlington, Iowa) is a professional American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... For information on the former Wal-Mart executive, see Tom Coughlin (Wal-Mart). ...


2005 NFC East Champions

Following 2004, the Giants released Warner, and Eli was named the starter for 2005. Manning led the Giants to a 2-0 record with victories against the Cardinals and Saints, before traveling to the west coast for a test in San Diego. Chargers fans did not forget the snub, and on September 25, 2005 when Eli and the Giants made their first trip to San Diego for a game since that draft day, the crowd booed Manning loudly every time he touched the ball. San Diego defeated the Giants, 45-23, but Eli displayed what may have been his most impressive performance of his young career, going 24-41 for 352 yards and two touchdowns. is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Following his performance at San Diego, Manning returned home to throw for almost 300 yards and a career high four touchdowns against the Rams at Giants stadium in a 44-24 romp. Two games later, he led a brilliant last-minute drive against the Broncos to secure a 24-23 victory for the Giants. The drive culminated in a two yard touchdown to Amani Toomer. The following week, Manning overcame a weak first half at San Francisco to help his team to their first official road victory of the season, 24-6. Despite a poor performance at home against the Vikings, throwing four interceptions, he again led his team back to tie the game in the final minutes before Minnesota won on a late field goal. Amani Toomer (born September 8, 1974 in Berkeley, California) is an American football wide receiver who plays for the New York Giants of the National Football League. ...


Eli's second season, when looked at as a whole, was largely a success. He finished in the top 5 in both Passing Yards and Touchdown Passes, while quarterbacking an offense that finished 3rd in the NFL in scoring, with a total of 422 points. It was the most points the Giants have scored in a season since 1963. The Giants won the NFC East with an 11-5 record, and went to the postseason.


The one knock on Eli during his first full season was his completion percentage. Manning completed just 52.8% of his passes, leading many to harp on this area of concern. He showed the effects of going through an NFL season for the first time, as he visibly wore down late in the season. His play fell off, culminating in a bad performance in the playoffs against Carolina.


2006

Manning's second full season was reminiscent of his 2005 campaign. He started off playing well and completed over 65 percent off his passes through the first four games. However, he struggled in the second half of the season and his production fell off towards the end of the regular season. After losing a tough game to his brother Peyton and the Colts on opening day, Eli responded with the best comeback of his career. He rallied the Giants from a 24-7 deficit on route to a stunning 30-24 overtime victory over the division rival Eagles in week two. Manning threw for a career high 371 yards in the win and tossed three touchdowns including the game winner to Plaxico Burress in overtime. Following a poor team performance against Seattle, Manning and the Giants responded by winning five straight games including wins over the Redskins, Cowboys and Falcons to run their record to 6-2.


Following the winning streak, key injuries including one to receiver Amani Toomer began Manning's swoon. Against the Bears, he started well, but the offense was derailed by the loss of left tackle Luke Petigout to a broken leg, and Manning was held to only 141 yards passing and two interceptions. Petigout's loss left a gaping hole at the crucial left tackle position, and Manning was unable to repeat his first half success. He struggled the next week at Jacksonville and a costly interception helped to culminate a huge collapse at Tennessee, with the Giants losing a 21-point fourth quarter lead. Manning improved the following week against the, throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns, but the Giants lost again. Regaining momentum, he threw three touchdowns in a win at Carolina, but then stumbled badly in the final three games. He threw two interceptions against the Eagles and tallied only 73 passing yards in a game against the Saints. Although the Giants battled back to 8-8 the following week at Washington, Manning completed only 12 of 26 passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. The Giants qualified for the postseason and met the Eagles again. Although he was significantly better this time around as compared to the 2005 showing, completing 16 of 27 passes and two touchdowns, the Giants lost on a last second field goal. Once agai


For the year, Manning threw for 3,244 yards, 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He completed 57.7 percent of his passes, a five point improvement from 2005, but again, struggled badly in the second half of the season. With the offseason signing of running back Reuben Droughns and the potential of Brandon Jacobs leading the Giants, New York will try to take some pressure off of Eli by going back to old-school, smash-mouth football.


Preparing for 2007

Eli Manning is working overtime in the Meadowlands with Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer. For the first time, Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey are practicing with Eli in the Meadowlands, rather than training in Miami as they had done in previous years. MARRIED MAN Plaxico Burress (born August 12, 1977 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the NFLs New York Giants. ... Jeremy Charles Shockey (born August 18, 1980 in Ada, Oklahoma) is a professional American football player, currently playing tight end for the New York Giants of the NFL. // A 1998 graduate of Ada High School in Oklahoma, Jeremy lettered all four seasons , playing mostly at wide receiver and outside linebacker. ... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, west of Downtown in Little Havana. ...


2007 Season

Manning opened the 2007 season with an outstanding personal performance against the Dallas Cowboys, completing 28 of 41 passing attempts for 312 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception, but suffered a shoulder sprain and was removed from the game late in the second half. Although he suited up against Green Bay in week 2 while throwing for 211 yards with one touchdown, the Giants defense was helpless again and the team dropped to 0-2 with the 35-13 beating. Ironically, Manning has possibly been the Giants lone bright spot so far in the season.


Personal life

Manning is engaged to his college boyfriend Andy McGrew, who is studying fashion in New York. He currently resides in San Francisco. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


See also

  • History of the New York Giants (1994-present)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carson Palmer
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
2004
Succeeded by
Alex Smith
Preceded by
Kurt Warner
New York Giants Starting Quarterbacks
2004-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Player - Eli Manning - Giants.com (1696 words)
Manning's key completions on the drive were a 6-yard pass to Burress after scrambling to elude a sack on 3rd-and-4, a 24-yard completion to Shockey on 3rd-and-10 and the 2-yard touchdown pass to Toomer.
Manning’s 3rd pass of the 2nd half was intercepted by Dallas cornerback Anthony Henry at the Dallas 1-yard line, ending Manning’s streak at a career-long 124 passes without an interception.…Completed 19 of 35 passes for 296 yards, a career-high 4 touchdowns (2 to Burrress and 1 each to Toomer and Shockey) vs. St.
Peyton Manning's 6-yard touchdown pass went to Marvin Harrison on Sept. 6, 1998…Manning was the 18th quarterback to start a game for the Giants in the Giants Stadium era (including Craig Morton and Norm Snead, who joined the team earlier and were still on the team when the stadium opened in 1976).
Eli Manning outlook at footballguys.com (2882 words)
Eli Manning has all the pieces to be an elite offensive player.
Manning actually attempted to throw as he was sacked, and was very fortunate to keep possession due to the penalty.
Manning appeared to complete a 53 yard pass to Plaxico Burress on the Giants’ third possession of the second half, but the play was overturned after a challenge when the ball clearly hit the ground.
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