Eli Manning has been racking up a lot of quotes to go with his frequent flier miles since leading his New York Giants team over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.
After post-game celebrations in Indianapolis, the Giants quarterback flew down to Disney World Monday morning and later up to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City where the Super Bowl MVP appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
The normally uncontroversial Manning was asked by the host about his relationship with his Patriots counterpart Tom Brady.
"I don't know if he likes me," Manning said with a smirk to the supportive audience..
Manning showed up about an hour late for the taping but it was excusable since it was only a few hours before that he was riding in a parade in the Orlando, Florida theme park.
Manning walked onto the theater's stage to a standing ovation while band leader Paul Shaffer and the CBS orchestra played "We Are The Champions."
The normally quiet and reserved quarterback joked about going right to bed after the game after Letterman opened the interview by asking if it was "lights out" after the victory.
"10:30, yeah, I had a big morning," he joked. "I had to get ready for this, so I had to get my full sleep. I've been preparing and practicing for this."
Letterman asked Manning if his receivers ever disobeyed any of the plays he calls in the huddle.
"No. They're trained," he laughed. "It's like a dog."
The relaxed and confident Manning touched on everything from how happy he was for his teammates that didn't already have a Super Bowl ring to head coach Tom Coughlin's philosophies.
"It was their first Super Bowl," he said. "When you have one you have to really do it for the other guys who never had that experience."
Letterman reminded Manning about Coughlin's "frozen face" in Green Bay four years ago and asked if he was a good motivator.
"He has settled down because he has confidence in his players," he replied. "He's big on preparation and effort and studying. Now he knows we'll be ready."
Manning quoted the softer side of the coach's pre-game speech: " The most important thing is love. Love of teammates is the most important thing."
The host told his guest that Eli was his favorite Manning.
"I know. I get a Christmas gift from you every year. I got a jacket," joked the younger Manning. "Peyton doesn't get a jacket."
Letterman asked Manning if he is going to tease his older brother by shoving the two rings on his fingers in Peyton's face.
"No," he plainly said.
The younger Manning said he expects Peyton to play again but had no idea where it would be.
Eli even touched on the label of "elite" that he imposed on himself during the pre-season.
"I got set up a little bit," he claimed by answering the question "Do you think you are an elite quarterback?" on a radio show.
When Letterman commented that Manning looked a lot younger than four years ago— when the Giants last won the Super Bowl— the guest out-zinged the host.
"I started shaving this past year," he joked.
Shaving or not— Eli Manning is definitely all grown up.