The two-time Super Bowl winner and MVP was never comfortable in the spotlight but seemed to get used to it over the past few years. Now, it seems the once camera-shy quarterback of the New York Giants is feeling left out while all of the talk in the city is about his New York Jets counterparts Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
Manning has noticed all of the focus this offseason surrounding the other two quarterbacks and had something to say about his inferiority complex.
"[The] New York Giants just won a championship," Manning said to Fox News Channel over the weekend, "yet I'm still the third most talked about quarterback in my own city."
Manning got a good laugh from the audience at Ole Miss when he delivered that line during a panel discussion hosted by Shepard Smith. His grin let the audience know he was only joking. Manning is— after all— getting ready to host "Saturday Night Live" on May 5.
Let's start calling him Shecky.
Manning claims he is more than happy to let the Jets players get all the attention if the Giants keep piling up championships.
"I'll continue to enjoy this," he said. "And when we get our rings, I'll continue to celebrate our championship season."
The normally low-key Eli will get a chance to follow in the footsteps of his brother Peyton with his own comedy stylings on SNL. He will become the 10th NFL player to host the show and the fifth quarterback to do it.
For now, just enjoy Eli's comedy tour. Next stop after SNL, Tiffany's— to pick up their Super Bowl rings— then on to the White House to be honored by President Obama.