Eli Manning opens up about Peyton … and performs a Freudian slip

Doug Farrar
January 31, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- During his Monday press conference. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked to talk about his brother Peyton, and all the drama that has been playing out between the Colts' franchise quarterback and team owner Jim Irsay. It's basically a lock that Peyton Manning will never play another down of football in Indy unless he's on the visiting team, and some believe that the neck and nerve injuries he's been through in the last two seasons may have ended his career altogether.

So, Eli, what's it like playing the second Super Bowl of your career in Lucas Oil Stadium, where your brother has done so many great things?

"I really have not thought much about playing in Indianapolis," the younger Manning said. "It's not really a time to reflect right now on that. It's just a matter of trying to get ready for the Patriots and get ready to play this game, and get ready for their defense. We'll look back on the fact of playing in the Super Bowl in the town where he plays for the Colts.

"And we'll look back on the fact that playing a Super Bowl in Peyton's … in the town where he played his NFL … uhhhh, you know plays for the Colts. So we'll look on that later."

Played for the Colts? Yeah, sounds about right.

[Related: NFL sources fearful over Peyton Manning's ability to return]

On a more serious note, Eli was asked if what his brother's gone through has given him a new appreciation for his own career, and the opportunities he's enjoyed.

"If you play this game long enough, you realize how precious each season is, and how precious these opportunities are," Eli said. "You don't know if you're going to get another chance to play in a Super Bowl. You don't know when a season might get cut short on you. It's not just reminding me because of what Peyton's going through. Having had numerous teammates get injured and miss the season, or all of a sudden their careers get cut short and they have to retire — those things happen.

"You're reminded of that yearly. You understand that in a season when you feel like you have a good team and you have good players, and you have an opportunity to win a championship, you don't want to let those things slip away."

H/T: CBS Sports

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