Friends of Children's Hospital (Friends) announced that over $760,000 was raised at the 2010 fundraiser, "An Evening with the Mannings, Presented by BankPlus," bringing the four-year total to $2,460,000. The proceeds from this event will benefit Friends and the Eli Manning Children's Clinics at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.
Off the field, Eli Manning has been active in the efforts to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and to raise awareness in conjunction with the Gulf oil spill of 2010. He also hosts Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Golf Classic, an annual charity event, and has undertaken a campaign to raise $2.5 million for the construction of the Eli Manning Children's Clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's children's hospital.
Manning, who became the fifth player in the game’s history to win multiple MVP awards after completing all but 10 of his pass attempts and leading another game-winning drive in the final minutes, was overwhelmed his team had pulled it off again.
The scene fit well with Manning's vision: to build a strong rapport with his hodgepodge receiving unit and return to the level of elite quarterback, where he believed he belonged. "He was tired of people talking about how many interceptions he threw last year," says his father, Archie, of a career-worst 25 picks in 2010 and a second straight year of missing the playoffs. "What he was saying was, I've been around for seven years. I know I can play this game."
The Giants made the playoffs in 2005 and 2006, and they finished 2007 with a record of 10–6. Manning led the team through the playoffs that year and into the Super Bowl, where they were huge underdogs to the undefeated New England Patriots. The Giants won the game, 17–14, and Eli Manning was named the game's MVP. He completed 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards (152 of which came in the decisive fourth quarter), and threw two touchdown passes.
Originally a 1st round (1st pick overall) draft choice by the San Diego Chargers in 2004. Obtained by the Giants in a trade for quarterback Philip Rivers (whom the Giants had taken with the 4th pick), the Giants’ 2004 3rd-round pick, and 2005 1st and 5th-round picks.
Followed his father, Archie, and brother, Peyton, into the NFL…Archie was the 2nd pick of the 1971 draft and played 14 years with New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota. Peyton was the 1st choice of the 1998 draft, is a 4-time NFL Most Valuable Player and was the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XLI.
Eli's brother Peyton is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. He spent the first 14 years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts before suffering a neck injury that required surgery forcing him to miss the 2011 season. In 2012 he signed with the Denver Broncos and earned the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
“I was always kind of the quiet one, the shy one,” Manning said in a phone interview Saturday after practice, the Giants’ last one in New Jersey before leaving Monday for Phoenix and a date in Super Bowl XLII with the undefeated New England Patriots. “Sitting around the dinner table, Cooper kind of ran the conversation. He and Peyton and my dad were the ones who carried the conversation. Mom and I never got to do a whole lot of talking.”
Three-year starter awarded numerous honors since his sophomore campaign. All American, all-conference and SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior when he also won the Maxwell Award as the nation's top collegiate player and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, handed to the top senior quarterback in the country.
Manning grew up in the very long shadow cast by his celebrated father and high-achieving brothers. At the same time, he had the luxury of living a life more akin to an only child starting in the eighth grade, when Peyton left for college.