Eli Manning and his 11-year-old daughter, Ava, made the trek to Philadelphia earlier this month for the Giants’ divisional playoff game against the Eagles. Ava sets the rules.
“Whatever you hear or see in Philadelphia stays in Philadelphia,” Manning recalled during a recent appearance on “The Carton Show.”
“You can’t bring it back to school. We don’t need you to be expelled. Don’t do anything you see and make those gestures to the teacher.”
The 42-year-old Giants legend further detailed his “fun” trip to Philadelphia, explaining that Ava picked up some new gestures and words from Eagles fans.
“She did see some new gestures and learned some new vocabulary that she didn’t quite understand,” Manning said.
Although Manning vowed never to return to play in Philadelphia after retiring in 2020 after 16 seasons with the Giants, Two-time Super Bowl champ says he’ll break his promise In the final episode of this season’s ESPN’s “Manningcast.”
“I said, when I retire, I’m never going back to Philadelphia to watch football,” Manning said at the time. “But I think I’ll have to renege on that promise. I can’t wait to see how many doubles I get. Might break the record.”
More or less, that’s what Manning experienced after returning to Lincoln Financial Field in mid-January, when eagles fans boo him After he and Ava appear on the Jumbotron. A “Two Birds” billboard also ushered in the former quarterback, prompted manning to tweet: “That’s the best thing you ever said to me.”
As Manning and Giants fans know by now, the game didn’t go in the Giant Blue’s favour, with the Eagles up 28-0 at halftime. Philly will keep winning38-7, then beat the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC title game to secure a spot in the 2023 Super Bowl.
“Everything was fine until about 10 minutes into the game when things started to go awry,” Manning said. “I’m just happy to be there. I’m happy to be able to support the Giants and the great season they’ve had — to make the playoffs, to win a playoff game. …Unfortunately, the game didn’t go my way. Do it as you want.
manning previously told The Athletic He texted quarterback Daniel Jones after the game: “Great season. I think you played well all year.”
Although Manning and Jones plan to meet in person sometime in the next few weeks, according to a Q&A with The Athletic, Whether the fourth-year quarterback will follow in his mentor’s footsteps remains to be seen By being a long-term giant.
Months after the Giants rejected his fifth-year option, Jones was shining in his fourth season, throwing for a career-high 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions. He also rushed for a career-best 708 yards and seven other touchdowns in the regular season.
Manning told The Post’s Steve Selby Earlier this month, he wished “all the best and (Jones is) the New York Giants for a long time.”