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Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:56 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:42 pm
Eli and Peyton are bros. Literally. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's not crazy to think that Peyton Manning could've been jealous after watching his younger brother Eli Manning win a Super Bowl at Peyton's home stadium in Indianapolis. But Peyton says he's not and that he "couldn't be happier" for Eli.

That's according to Mike Chappelle of the Indianapolis Star, who caught up with Peyton after the Giants Super Bowl win on Sunday.

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"I couldn't be happier for Eli, prouder of Eli," Peyton said. "I want nothing but the best for him. I think he will continue to win more Super Bowls. There is no envy whatsoever in our relationship. He deserves this."

Peyton was asked if there might be a bit of one-upmanship taking place with their relationship, now that Eli has two Super Bowl rings and Peyton "only" has one. But he insisted that's not the sort of dynamic that goes on in the Manning family.

"Eli and I don't play that game," Peyton said. "The relationship of Eli, Cooper and I is not about trying to rub it in or anything like that. It's about love, nothing but love."

We wrote after the game that, regardless of what Peyton says, it still stinks to see your little brother with more Super Bowl wins than you. And we still believe that. But at the same time, it's not like Peyton's endured some horrible NFL career, floundering in Eli's shadow.

If anything, Peyton's probably thrilled that the world's ready to take Eli out of his shadow; if there's one thing that male siblings understand even more than a rivalry, it's protecting one another.

Eli's safe from criticism for quite a while now. In fact, his only concern might be getting asked too often what Peyton will do in the future.

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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:55 pm

Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

I have been in Indy since long before Peyton ever got here. For the record, even before Eli was in the NFL, Peyton ALWAYS said that Eli was a better quarterback than he was. ALWAYS. Now, whether he really believed that or not only he knows. But, that is what he has consistently said since Eli was in college. For what it's worth, I enjoyed watching Peyton all these years in Indy. At times, the Indy offense was machine like. A great player, but what would have happened had Eli been here and Peyton been with the Giants all these years? Different systems, different coaches, different philosophies offensively. Who knows who would have won how many Super Bowls? Why try to compare the two? Just appreciate the talent that they have. After all, as we've certainly learned here, nothing lasts forever!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:53 pm

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Peyton ought to be happy for Eli-- that's what brothers do.

I am a long-time Indy resident.  Used to be a big fan of the Bengals before the Colts.  The Bengals couldn't make it to the Superbowl Champs because of the 49ers.  The Colts' biggest rival is the Pats.  The Pats have had more success over the last decade than the Colts.

Hate to admit it, but my two favorite teams were mostly second-best to these two teams.  But I'm not sold on Montana & Brady being the all-time best QB's.  Seems like the systems in place, the surrounding players, and two great coaches had a lot to do with the success of the QB's.  Montana & Brady are great, and I respect them (also always rooted for them to lose!). However, I think Marino, Fouts, Peyton & others are just as good.

I'm not even sure it's a good idea to try to quantify the overall best.  The Hall of Fame doesn't really say, "THE greatest single player of all-time at a certain postition."  Makes for good talk radion, but almost no one is ever persuaded.  Most people stick with their favorites; statistics be damned! 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:39 pm

Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

I would be happy for my brother too. He just beat the team that cost Manning a lot of rings. Would he rather see Brady with his fourth or brother with 2nd? I would have gave my bro an extra million out of my pocket for the win if it was me.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:38 pm

Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

I agree.  Whoever this "we" is, doesn't know squat about the Mannings.  "We" (Brinson, I suspect it is you and anyone who doesn't think you are a complete moron) are wrong.  "We" are douche bags!!!  Go write something accurate for once! 

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:27 pm

Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

It's pretty easy to see that these 2 guys root for each other 100% of the time. Even when they play each other, I'm sure they are hoping the other has a great game but, thier team ends up with the most points. You are looking at 2 classy guys that came from a classy family.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:24 pm

Peyton Manning 'couldn't be happier' for Eli

We wrote after the game that, regardless of what Peyton says, it still stinks to see your little brother with more Super Bowl wins than you. And we still believe that.
Who is we?  I see one name attached to this story, and evidently Brinson was an only child or something.  Both of my brothers and I played sports all our lives, and I can assure you that none of us was ever jealous of the other's accomplishments.  We were brothers after all.  I have alwasys been proud of my brothers accomplishments, not jealous, and I suspect the Mannings are the same way.  What a stupid and small minded article.  I guess it fits with this place. 

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