Eli Manning Had Pressure to Perform As Well As Brother Peyton in High School & College Football

Eli Manning was born in January of 1981 and from an early age had a lot of pressure applied to him in terms of expectations to excel at football like other members of his family did. The father of Eli Manning was a successful quarterback at the University of Mississippi (commonly referred to as Ole Miss) before being a star quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Peyton Manning, the older brother of Eli, is nearly five years older than Eli. The age differential between Peyton and Eli created high expectations for the younger Eli.

Eli played his high school football in his hometown of New Orleans at Isidore Newman School. Eli and Peyton both attended and played football at the same school. Because Isidore Newman School encompasses every grade from kindergarten through the twelfth grade Eli and Peyton went to school together even though they are separated by five grades in age. As a seventh grader Eli watched as his older brother won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award and while Eli was unquestionably happy for his older brother there is no doubt that the outstanding performances on the football field by Peyton simply raised the expectations for young Eli.

As expected Eli excelled as a high school quarterback and when UFABET ไม่มีพลาดแน่นอน it came time to choose a college to play football at the young star with the proven gene pool had to decide if he would follow in the footsteps of his father by attending Ole Miss, go the route that his brother took in choosing to play for the University of Tennessee, or if he would pursue neither of those options and instead make his own path. Ultimately Eli decided to attend Ole Miss but the rationale behind that decision is not as obvious as it may initially appear.

Individuals not familiar with the circumstances surrounding the decision Eli made to play for the Ole Miss Rebels may erroneously think that the young signal caller intentionally strayed from being further cast in the shadow of his brother by deciding to go to a different college. A fear of being further compared to his older brother was not a concern for Eli who in fact wanted to walk step in step right in the tracks that his brother had laid out en route to having a successful college career before going on to be the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The decision Eli made to attend Ole Miss was significantly influenced by the fact that the offensive coordinator who helped Peyton fine tune his game had just been hired by Ole Miss to be the new head coach around the time that Eli was making his college decision. Essentially Eli decided to go play for David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss because regardless of uniforms, school colors, or legacies Eli simply wanted to make the decision that gave him the greatest likelihood of future success.

The decision Eli made turned out to be a wise one. As a senior the 6’4″ right handed quarterbac