Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion, has found time off the football field
NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Eli Manning, a Twice Super Bowl champion, has worked with critics who are being compared to his third-grade daughter's basketball game.
The mild-mannered, four-time Pro Bowler defined an era of New York Giants football, reducing a contrast to the National Football League's major personalities before retiring in January 2020 with a long list of franchise records.
The quarterback, who has been named the girls' basketball coach, has letting his hair down, while jouking the relative anonymity of a face mask and standing empty of critical parents.
"You don't have parents yelling at you because their kid isn't doing enough," Manning said, adding: "No, I don't do emails. I don't accept any criticism. Like, we're going out there. We're playing."
He may not have seen it in his playing days, as he won one of the greatest wins in professional sports to beat Tom Brady's undefeated New England Patriots at the Super Bowl in 2008.
"I didn't want my fans to think about anything other than football," said Manning. "I just wanted them to think that's all I did... And to some extent, it was a little true."
Two years after his retirement, he has all but lost that interest in singing with Olivia Rodrigo's Gen Z anthem "good 4 u," a raucous post-season ad campaign for Frito-Lay and PepsiCo with other larger-than-life NFL figures, including Terry Bradshaw.
"I really liked how my teammates knew the other side of me," he said. "They kind of saw me get to relax or I could let my hair down a little bit. And so, yeah, I think now it's kind of all that - I don't have to hide something... you're just kind of a little bit more relaxed and willing to kind of put yourself out there a little bit more."
Aaron Rodgers' MVP candidate in this post-season is expected to get a week's rest thanks to a first-round pick.
"I just don't know who'll go into Green Bay and beat them at home," said Manning, who sees the Tennessee Titans taking the AFC.
"They are the number one seed, but they are still an underdog," said Manning.
"They're not blowing out guys, but they find ways to win," said the Chief of the Team. "But I think having that quality is a great thing to have in the playoffs."