Exclusive Interview: Eli Manning on Super Bowl 57, the Giants future, and the Empire State Building’s lights
Earlier this week, just one day removed from NFL Championship Sunday, I got the chance to sit down with New York Giants legend, Eli Manning, to talk about a variety of topics.
The first thing I had to ask him about, and probably the most pressing matter, was the Empire State Building changing its colors to green and white to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles winning the NFC Championship.
Eli, understandably so, didn’t like the move.
“I’m all for good sportsmanship and telling someone ‘good game’ or recognizing a good product and saying ‘Hey good job, congratulations,’ but I don’t know about going way out of my way to congratulate someone on something,” Manning said. “I can understand New Yorkers response and not liking this just because of the rivalry between New York and Philadelphia and the Giants and the Eagles. It was tough to see that.”
Then of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl interview if I didn’t get his pick for the big game. The Eagles are currently set as slight favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs. You probably won’t be shocked to find out he’s going to back the underdogs.
“I think the fact [the Chiefs] have been in this situation and have played in these big games before does give them a better chance of winning now,” he said. “So if I guess I had to pick a team, I’m going with the Chiefs.”
Finally, no man is better suited to talk about what the New York Giants need to do to next the next step forward next season. They had a successful 2022 campaign, but they are still a few pieces away from a Super Bowl run, and that’s what Mr. Manning alluded to.
“I think this offseason is big,” Manning said. “Obviously, they have a couple of their own guys that they got to look at signing back and keeping those core guys, but they also need to make some splash in free agency or the draft and do well in those fields and get a couple of key players that can come in and make an immediate impact on the team.”
Eli Manning is partnering with Quaker – the official oatmeal sponsor of the NFL – to invite fans to share how they “pregrain” before the Big Game for a chance to attend next year’s Super Bowl LVIII in person in Las Vegas. Quaker is launching a campaign asking fans to share how they prepare for Super Bowl Sunday with Quaker Oats for a chance to attend the Big Game next year in Las Vegas.
To enter the Quaker “Pregrain contest”, fans can head to TikTok to follow @Quaker, between January 30th and February 12th, 2023 and upload their own “pregain” video sharing how they pregrain with Quaker Otas aong with a caption using hashtag #QuakerPregrain #Entry.
See official rules for complete details on how to enter.
Contest opens January 30, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. CT, closes at 11:59 p.m. CT on February 12, 2023. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident to enter.