New York Giants: Manning brothers join the digital art “NFT” craze

Everyone knows by now that former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is getting into television after his retirement, but it looks like he and his brother also have something else they’re working on this year. And that’s something that isn’t the first thing you’d think of as a business venture for two former NFL quarterbacks: the digital art space.

You might have heard by now about the NFT bubble, which is somewhat related to the cryptocurrency space but not the same thing. You might also be confused, but essentially, the technology allows for the sale of art digitally.

It aims to imitate the world of physical art sales, allowing someone to buy an “original” piece of art instead of a copy. The trend has reached the news because of many high profile sales, some worth millions of dollars.

Celebs are starting to take note and it looks like that includes the Manning brothers. According to Adam Schefter, Peyton and Eli Manning are the first former NFL players to join the trend and will do so by launching their own collection on MakersPlace.

The collection is set to go up on the 16th of this month, and a portion of the proceeds go to charity. If you check out the home page of the auction site, you’ll find plenty of types of art ranging from the traditional to more abstract pieces. It will be interesting to see just how the Manning collection does on the market when compared to the rest of the selection.

If you want to buy anything from it yourself, though, you’ll probably have to be prepared to pay up. There’s a recent trend of NFTs going for crazy prices, and the Mannings have the celebrity status that helps with starting a bidding war.

New York Giants: Eli Manning enters TV with new ESPN+ show

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After a quiet year of retirement from former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, it looks like we’re going to see more out of him. That’s because Eli has shown interest this year in being back around football in one capacity or another, and right now, that’s coming in the form of working on a TV show for ESPN.

The show, which is going to air on ESPN+, is called Eli’s Places and will go into the story of college football and its famous players and locations. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the other famous Manning brother also has a show on the network called Peyton’s Places, which follows roughly the same format but focuses on pro football instead of the NCAA.

Peyton’s Places has generally received good ratings, with an 8.6 out of 10 stars on IMDB. It was renewed for a third season back in December, so it looks like the format is already successful and Eli shouldn’t have many problems adapting it to the college ranks.

Earlier in the year, Manning said that he wanted to work more with the Giants. He reportedly visited co-owner John Mara about having some kind of role with the organization, too.

It remains to be seen if him mentoring the younger and sleeker current Giants team will work with his schedule of filming with ESPN+, but with Manning going into TV, it does seem like there’s room for eventual collaborations down the line.

After all, now that we’re all further removed from the controversies surrounding his final seasons in the league and the way the Giants handled him, almost all fans would like to see Eli back around in some form or another.

New York Giants: Eli Manning visits John Mara, looks set for mentor role

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It’s been a bit over a year since New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walked away from the NFL. But Manning is still connected with the franchise, and has said earlier this year that he wants to do more with the team. According to a recent report from Gary Myers, that might come in the form of mentoring players.

Manning visited the Giants offices and seemingly had a meeting with co-owner John Mara last week. A possible future role with the franchise was one of the things discussed, but it’s been known for a while that Manning isn’t interested in a coaching role. He’s said as much publicly, and it looks like these future plans match up with that idea.

Previously this year, Manning has also talked about going into TV and doing work with ESPN. But even if he’s set to do a show with ESPN+, it looks like he also has some free time to work on other things.

There’s many players on this Giants team that could use veteran mentoring, of course. The most obvious name is quarterback Daniel Jones, but the Giants have gotten younger in general since the last days of Eli’s time with the team. Many veteran faces departed over those years and many of the current starters for the Giants are draft picks who haven’t been able to seriously experience winning yet.

Playing for an organization with high expectations like this and in a tough city like New York isn’t easy – multiple members of the team would probably appreciate the advice from someone that handled it better than anyone.

New York Giants: One year has passed since Eli Manning’s retirement

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After the turbulent 2020 season, it might seem like it’s been longer than it has. But it’s only been one year since New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walked away from the NFL. Some thought at the time that Manning would end up playing for another team. Names like New Orleans were thrown around in the conversation, but Manning made the choice to remain “only a Giant” and retire for good with the franchise he spent his whole career with.

He walked away having done everything there was to do, of course. He never missed a game because of an injury, has numerous franchise records, and started 210 consecutive games before his streak was ended controversially in a decision that was widely panned by Giants fans. And of course, he was a two time Super Bowl champion and two time Super Bowl MVP.

Manning slipped out of the spotlight without drama for the Giants when he was replaced by Daniel Jones a couple of games into his final season. But that just fits with the rest of his career, considering his reputation for staying out of off the field drama.

These days, Manning has talked about his plans to move into TV with ESPN and has also said he could do some more things with the Giants in the near future. What those things are remains to be seen, but there’s various possibilities opened up by his work with ESPN.

And as for the Giants, it also remains to be seen if they’ve found their real replacement for Manning. It’s unlikely there will be another Eli Manning for the Giants, but the front office is hoping in the success of Daniel Jones. For the 2021 season, we may just find out a lot more about whether Jones can fill Manning’s shadow.

New York Giants: Eli Manning working with ESPN, hoping to do more with Giants

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The time has gone by fast, but the New York Giants have gone a couple of seasons now without Eli Manning as their starting quarterback. Manning, as usual, kept a low profile when the team replaced him with Daniel Jones, and has since slipped into a comfortable retirement that comes with a newfound Twitter presence.

And according to a recent ESPN interview, it looks like life is going good for Manning right now. He talked about Twitter, sloppy Joes, and also his plans for the future. Interestingly enough, that might involve the Giants – but probably not in the coaching role some might have predicted when Manning retired.

“You’re a little bit limited on what you could do and what some options were, obviously, with a pandemic going on, so I just took this time to just reflect and dabble in a few things,” Manning said about his options in the future. “I am going to do some things with ESPN. I filmed a couple [episodes] of “Details” the other day on Mac Jones and Justin Fields.”

He said that he’s going to join his brother Peyton on his Peyton’s Places TV show, an exclusive of ESPN+. According to Manning, he’ll be involved in doing a college football version of the format.

Manning and the Giants linking up again?

Perhaps of more interest to Giants fans, Manning said he’s interested in doing more with the team.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to do some more things with the Giants next year as well. This year, it was new, didn’t know how much I wanted to be around [the team]. I think we both needed a break from each other, but hopefully I can do some more things related to the Giants.”

With Manning going into TV, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be a candidate to get on the coaching staff as an assistant. But there’s still plenty of other ways to remain tied to the team, especially if Manning embraces the TV journalist role like some other former players have.

Either way, New York Giants fans will be happy to see Manning around again after his retirement has so far been decently quiet.

Eli Manning: ‘I got out at the right time’

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Eli Manning played in 236 games for the New York Giants, the most in franchise history. He started at quarterback in 234 of those games.

As a rookie in 2004, Manning played in nine games, starting the final seven and it wasn’t until 222 games later when an ill-advised benching by Ben McAdoo in 2017 finally sent him to the bench. That didn’t last long after public outcry. Manning started the next 22 games under center before giving way to his successor, Daniel Jones, in Week 3 last season.

Does Manning miss playing? Not really.

“I had my run,” Manning said in a recent interview with ESPN. “Had an unbelievable career, whether it be from high school to college football and the NFL. I don’t have regrets. I got out at the right time. I’m kind of just at peace with it….I haven’t picked up a football. I think it’s harder for people when they retire to kind of get retired. They still want to play and nobody wants them to play. They’re still working out and still hopeful. Mine is, I’m done and I’ve now thrown a football one time after Dec. 29 or whenever that last game was.”

Jones was selected by the Giants because he has many of the same traits as Manning. He is simply a younger, more agile version of Manning, who was asked if he keeps in teach with his young protege.

“I sent him a text kind of a week before the season just saying, ‘Hey, I’m rooting for you,'” Manning said. “I want to be a resource for him if he needs anything, but I’m not going to try to be overly involved in anything as well. There is a little bit of trying to feel it out for yourself and just learning your style, whether it’s as a leader, quarterback or New York….Everything is different this year with the restrictions going on. [I] definitely stay in touch with him and send him texts of encouragement and let him know I’m rooting for him.”

Jones will need more than Manning rooting for him. He’ll need for GM Dave Gettleman to be right about this offensive line, for Joe Judge to work some magic and for Saquon Barkley to come back better than ever in 2021.

New York Giants: David Tyree talks Super Bowl 42, Eli Manning, Golden Tate

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David Tyree’s name hits home for New York Giants fans because of this:

Tyree’s helmet catch in the Giants’ Super Bowl 42 matchup with the New England Patriots was the heart of a game-winning drive, capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress with 0:35 remaining.

In an interview that will shown Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and rebroadcasted at 11:30 p.m. on the “MSG 150 at Home,” Tyree calls his mesmerizing catch the “monumental moment.”

“For me, it’s this moment that I call the monumental moment. It’s always something that I can go back to and celebrate with fans and teammates. And to be a part of history is pretty monumental. It’s amazing.”

Tyree appreciates the “journey and evolution” of his former quarterback.

“I think what I appreciate is the journey and evolution of Eli Manning. When you’re drafted #1 overall, the expectations are extremely high. When you think about the legacy attached to the name and the many shoes he had to walk into, especially coming into New York City. And what I appreciate is that it wasn’t all roses when he first stepped into New York. But he just worked. He was consistent, he was full of integrity and he was full of character. He was the best teammate I think any of us ever played with throughout our years. He never spoke ill of his teammates. He was very true to himself and he improved and matured into a Hall of Fame quarterback.”

The Giants selected Tyree in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Syracuse University. Across five seasons with the Giants he totaled 54 receptions, 650 yards and four touchdowns. In Super Bowl 42, he totaled three receptions, 43 yards and a touchdown.

Fast forward to 2020, and the Giants wide receiving corps is headlined by veterans Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard and soon-to-be second-year player Darius Slayton.

Tyree thinks Tate, 31, has “more in the tank.”

“I love Golden Tate. I’ll just say that right now. He’s definitely got more in the tank.”

Tate finished 2019 with 49 receptions, 676 yards and six touchdowns across 11 games. He was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate is entering the second season of a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants.

New York Giants: Victor Cruz expects Daniel Jones to become a ‘leader’

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones turned some heads in his rookie season. Across 13 games, 12 of which were starts, he threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 61.9 percent of his passes and posting an 87.7 quarterback rating. Jones also ran for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants are going into their first full season with Jones under center, as Eli Manning announced his retirement in January.

In an interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that he thinks Jones can become a “leader” in his sophomore season (quotes via Giants.com’s Matt Citak).

“Just continuing to build on the leadership qualities he already has,” Cruz said when asked what comes next in Jones’ development. “I think obviously, coming in on another year without Eli Manning being there, he can actually feel like the leader, be himself and start to bring these guys under his leadership. I think that’s the biggest thing he has to fulfill this year.”

“Yes, the stuff on the field will kind of take care of itself. He’ll make the plays, he’ll make the decisions that he needs to make, I think, in order to be successful… Daniel Jones, this will be the year where he starts to build his own leadership with his guys.”

As Citak mentions, Manning said back in May that he thinks his departure will help Jones this season.

“I think it will be easier this year for him to kind of step up as that leader,” Manning said. “Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kind of the whole dynamic. Me being gone and, hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line.”

The New York Giants selected Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke University.

Eli Manning wins the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award

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It has been a wonderful week for newly retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. After receiving news that he would be having his college jersey retired at Ole Miss, his alma mater, it was announced on Tuesday that Manning would be recognized as the 16th recipient of the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his second-to-none professionalism and cooperation with the media throughout his sixteen-year career.

The Good Guy Award is an annual award that’s given to an NFL player who displays an admirable and top-notch relationship with the media, which can be a challenging thing to do. Manning has been repeatedly praised for his respectful behavior and kind attitude towards the New York/New Jersey media, which is widely considered to be arguably the toughest media market in sports. The fact that Manning was able to maintain his composure and class through the good moments and the bad for so long is truly remarkable.

There have been countless times when Manning has been portrayed negatively by the media, but not once did Manning ever fold or succumb to the headlines. He always managed to remain a class act and answer every last question reporters asked him, no matter how difficult the question may have been. Manning joins Tiki Barber, who won the award in 2006, as the second Giant to earn this achievement.

PFWA President and Newsday NFL columnist Bob Glauber, who covered Manning over the course of his entire career, had this to say about the Giants legend: “Eli Manning exemplified professionalism with the media since his rookie season in 2004, and he did so in the league’s largest market. Eli often spoke of the example set by his father, and being around Archie Manning was certainly a great way to learn about being around the media. Even so, playing in New York has unique pressures that Eli dealt with consistently and fairly. Media sessions at his locker would often start with as many as 50 reporters, photographers and camera operators, but he answered every last question – even when only one reporter was left. A pro’s pro.”

If there was one athlete, no matter the sport, who you should model your relationship with the media after, regardless of where you play, it’s without question, Eli Manning. He was the definition of a pro’s pro and a class act in the world’s toughest market for nearly two decades, and Manning will forever be remembered for it just as much as he’ll be remembered for his many achievements on the field.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning has jersey retired by Ole Miss

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Retirement has treated former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well, as the golf course greens seem to be plastered with golf balls hit by him and his brothers. Manning has remained active in the community and even joined Twitter to voice his opinions and have some fun with Tom Brady.

However, the legendary quarterback who won two Super Bowl’s back in 2007 and 2010 is still on his retirement tour. Recently, Ole Miss University, Eli’s alma mater, elected to retire his number and jersey permanently. This heartwarming video details the moment he found out about the honor.

His fantastic career in college led him to be the number one overall selection by the San Diego chargers in 2004. However, we all know the story of what went down, as Eli forced his way to the Giants, and went on to win two Super Bowls and record several historical accolades in the process.

With Eli spending more time with his family and taking time off from football, he is living the life of a normal dad. However, he will return eventually, whether it is to coach high school football or make his way back to the pros.

“I learned I don’t want to be in coaching. I don’t like it. I don’t like doing that aspect.”

While Eli might not enjoy coaching, he could join his brother Peyton in the booth as a commentator. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch the two battle it out in a game of dry humor? According to Eli’s teammates, he’s quite the jokester and has pulled off some illustrious pranks in the past.

Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen detailed one prank Eli always loved to exercise:

An ESPN the Magazine story noted that “one of Peyton’s and Eli’s favorite pranks is stealing cell phones and changing the interface language to Spanish or French.” “The worst part,” says Jared Lorenzen, Eli’s former backup, “is that you have to know Spanish to figure out how to change it back.”

Classic Eli.