My Take – Eli Manning and Ernie Accorsi: Forever Linked in Giants History

Let me start by giving you a little background information about myself. I by birthright was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel fan. As a child I fell in love with the Rebels when my long time friend’s father took both of us to watch the Rebels play the home games in 1992. Back then the Rebels were good but not great. A glaring weakness was the quarterback position. I had always hoped that the Rebels could land a game changing signal caller. One day in 1999 came along a quarterback the team and the program would never forget.

Elisha “Eli” Nelson Manning was born January 3, 1981. He was the son of former NFL and Ole Miss great Archie Manning. Eli was only 3 when his father retired from the NFL, therefore, he was too young to see his father play. His older brother is NFL great Peyton Manning. Both Archie and Peyton played quarterback. So obviously Eli was born to be a quarterback. Eli was the youngest of 3 sons. Both Cooper and Peyton were older and more outgoing than Eli. His brothers were high school standouts. Cooper was an all state wide receiver. He received a scholarship from Ole Miss but unfortunately his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Peyton went on to play at the University of Tennessee. He did very well and was picked #1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eli was a shy child and wasn’t exuberant like his brothers. He was rather reserved สมัครufabetเว็บแม่ and kept to himself. He and his mother shared a special bond. They were the quiet ones in the family. To give you an example of Eli’s personality, he once came home from a baseball game and someone asked him at the dinner table how the game went. Eli kind of shrugged it off and said it went fine. Come to find out later Eli had hit the game winning home run in the 9th inning. That’s just the type of kid he was. He was modest and didn’t want to draw attention to himself. As a freshman, he was named the starting quarterback and earned all-state honors for his high school team. How spoiled was this high school program? They got Peyton Manning, he graduated and then came Eli. His senior year, USA Today named him high school player of the year. In 1998, many universities were looking to recruit him. He narrowed down his choices to LSU, Florida State, Virginia, Texas, and Ole Miss.

In 1999, Eli enrolled at the University of Mississippi. One of his major reasons for choosing Ole Miss was the new head coach David Cutcliffe. He