The Mannings understand how rare Sunday will be. They have done it twice before and both remember standing on the sideline looking across the field and seeing the other as the national anthem played. It’s rare it happens in sport, but even rarer when the brothers have the distinction of being Super Bowl MVPs, with Eli doing it twice.
“Eli is a great player,” Peyton said. “He’s a consistent player. I think he’s gotten better every year. I’ve always thought that’s the goal for a brand new player is to try to be a better player each year than the year before. He’s made things happen with different players, different receivers and different running backs. He’s been very flexible to adjust to the different players that he’s played with. But his consistency as a player has been awfully impressive.”
Eli sidestepped the question when asked if his brother might be the NFL’s all-time greatest quarterback.
“If you are in that argument you are playing pretty good football,” Eli said.
It’s something both Manning have done throughout their careers.
“Hopefully when I think back on these games that we played against my brother, I can think back and remember at least one win,” Eli said with a sly smile.