The son of Archie Manning, a well-known former NFL quarterback, Eli Manning began his career in college football as a member of the Ole Miss Rebels football team, which represents the University of Mississippi. By the time he finished his senior year, he had won several awards such as the Maxwell Award for being the best all-around player of the country. Shortly after his graduation, he was drafted into the NFL by the San Diego Chargers, though very soon he was traded off to the Giants.
Over the course of his career he turned out to be not only an excellent player but also one of the four quarterbacks in the history of NFL with at least 45, career yards, touchdowns, four Pro Bowl appearances, as well as two Super Bowl Championships. He is also known for his philanthropic works, such as providing assistance to the victims of the Hurricane Katrina. The book describes in text and showcases through pictures how the Manning brothers used to play football in their early days.
He is the youngest of their three sons. Though not much is known about his childhood, it was revealed that along with his brothers, he was trained by his father from quite an early age. Career Eli Manning enrolled in the University of Mississippi in the year He started playing for the Ole Miss Rebels football team which represented his university, and after four years, he had a record of passing for a total of 10, yards and 81 touchdowns.
Because of his amazing performance, he was also named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. During the NFL draft, he was selected by the San Diego Chargers as the number one overall pick. However, as he did not wish to play for them, he was immediately traded off to the New York Giants. Though his first season with the Giants was not very remarkable, the following year he was named the starter, and he led the team to a record with victories against the Cardinals and Saints.
However, they lost the next game against the San Diego Chargers, though a very impressive performance was displayed by Eli. Tennessee worked hard to lure him, as did Georgia, Texas, LSU and Florida. In the midst of the recruiting frenzy, Eli enjoyed a great senior year at Newman. Again he quarterbacked the team to the playoffs. Eli ended his high school career with 7, yards and 89 touchdowns yards more than Peyton but three less scores. As the clock ticked away on his college decision, Eli received an interesting call from David Cutcliffe.
Eli knew how much Cutcliffe had done to help Peyton improve his game. The news that he was now in charge of the Rebel program was all Eli needed to hear. The hype began as soon as Eli stepped on campus. Instead, he went with Eli got his first taste of Ole Miss football in an intersquad scrimmage at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. While he made a good showing, he was still third on the depth chart, with veteran Romaro Miller assuming the starting role. Cutcliffe was determined not to rush his young quarterback along, so he redshirted Eli for the season.
The frosh watched from the sidelines at the Rebels went and won the Independence Bowl, led by running back Deuce McAllister. Eli landed himself in hot water after the campaign when he was arrested and briefly jailed for public drunkenness. Truly embarrassed by the incident, the year-old decided to buckle down and focus on school and football.
ON THE RISE As the season got underway, the Rebels found themselves ranked 18th in the AP poll, thanks in large part to McAllister and Miller, both of whom were back for their senior years. Eli settled in as Miller's backup and saw little playing time. Ole Miss went and earned a berth against West Virginia in the Music City Bowl. That's where Eli got his first real chance to shine. Down in the fourth quarter, the Rebels needed a spark.
Cutcliffe inserted Eli, and he played brilliantly. The redshirt freshman completed 12 of 20 passes for yards and three touchdowns. While that wasn't enough to secure a victory, the teenager's sparkling performance gave the world a taste on what awaited when he took the helm in The "Eli Manning Era" officially kicked off at Ole Miss the following fall.
Miller had graduated, and McAllister had been snatched up in the first round of the NFL draft by New Orleans. Top wide receiver Grant Heard was also gone. With the Rebel defense also full of holes and lacking depth, Cutcliffe knew his offense—namely Eli—would have to carry the load. Guard Terrence Metcalf anchored the offensive line. Ole Miss surprised many in the SEC by starting Then Eli and the Rebels ran into Arkansas. In one of the most memorable games in college football history, they lost in seven overtimes.
Eli threw for yards and six touchdowns. The draining defeat to the Razrobacks sent Ole Miss into a slide. Dropping two of their last three, the Rebels ended at In all, Eli set or tied 17 school records. Going into the season, the Rebels faced many of the same problems that had plagued them the year before. On offense, senior Robert Williams and junior Ronald McClendon were fighting to replace Gunn.