Eli Manning

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eli Manning is the son of former Saints quarterback Archie Manning and younger brother of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. After attending Isidore High School, Manning went on to his father’s alma mater, Ole Miss.

Straddled with high expectations, Manning more than lived up to them, setting Ole Miss records for passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts in his four years as a Rebel, despite only playing sparingly his first year.

During his senior year, Manning led Mississippi to a 10-3 record and a Cotton Bowl victory while passing for 3,600 yards, 29 touchdowns, and completing 62.4 percent of his passes. He was voted SEC MVP and won the Maxwell Award as the most outstanding player in college football.

After graduating with a degree in marketing, Manning was selected first overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers who then traded him to the New York Giants. After a difficult first three seasons as quarterback for the Giants, Manning won the Super Bowl and MVP honors in 2007 against Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots. The Giants victory is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

In 2011 Manning and the Giants won yet another Super Bowl against the Patriots, completing their second Super Bowl upset over New England. Manning is a three-time Pro Bowler and holds the Giants record for most career touchdown passes.

Award Profile

Winner: The Maxwell Award - 2003

University of Mississippi