Eli Manning has become a mentor to Daniel Jones over the years.
The two have an obvious connection as New York Giants quarterbacks as well as being teammates for one season. Manning held the job for 16 seasons from 2004-19 while Jones has been the starter almost since being drafted in the first round in 2019,
In a sense, Manning is a big brother-type figure in the relationship. Much like Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is Eli Manning’s actual big brother.
“I know Daniel very well,” Eli Manning said. “We’ve become great friends. I try to be a resource for him, be someone he can lean on or talk to. I know I was fortunate with Peyton as someone who has been in those situations, knows how to play quarterback in the NFL and all the requirements and the different directions in which you are pulled, being that source for Daniel because I’ve been in a similar situation.”
So, Manning can certainly emphasize with Jones, who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week. Jones was injured on Nov. 5 in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
That ended a rough season for Jones, who the Giants re-signed to a four-year, $160-million contract after he led the franchise to its first playoff appearance since 2016 last year. However, New York is 2-8 this season and Jones missed the previous three games with a strained neck before getting hurt in Las Vegas.
“I feel for him,” Eli Manning said during a promotional call for Quaker. “It’s no fun being injured. I know he’ll work hard, work the rehab, and come healthy and stronger and better than ever.”
Eli and Peyton have long teamed up with their father Archie Manning, also an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons from 1971-84, to conduct a quarterback camp each summer in their native New Orleans for some of the top high school players in the nation. They got to know Jones when he attended the Manning Passing Academy while a high school star in Charlotte.
“Being hurt is the worst side of football without a doubt,” Archie Manning said. “I know Daniel. He’s a great young man and I have no doubt he’ll overcome this.”
Whether Jones returns to the Giants remains to be seen. Various reports have the Giants possibly cutting Jones before next season and looking for a new franchise quarterback in the NFL Draft in April.
Meanwhile, Eli and Archie Manning are taking part in a new ad campaign for Quaker, which is donating $250,000 to GENYOUth, a youth health and wellness nonprofit organization, to help increase food security among children.
The father-son duo star in two television commercials that include Eli’s two daughters, which center on the Mannings starting their day with Quaker Oats.
“It’s obviously wonderful to partner up with sponsors who share the same values and want to help others in need,” Eli Manning said. “Making sure people, especially kids, get nutritious meals. So, to team up with Quaker and spread that word, to team with GENYouth and that organization that has a great outreach to getting to youth and teaching them early of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy and starting those routines and habits that could benefit them for a long time, it’s really special.”
Added Archie Manning, “it’s very meaningful for me because Quaker has been around for so long and been a staple in our home. Again, we emphasize nutrition and helping kids eat healthy and Quaker does, too.”
Quaker is celebrating the football season with its first-ever Quaker Pregrain Tourn, which includes a tailgate truck that will visit select NFL stadiums. The company is also introducing the digital Quaker Playbook featuring a collection of 32 recipes to represent each NFL team.
“I hope to get in there and try all of them,” Payton Manning said of the cookbook. “It’s a wide variety of recipes, some you might not think of using Quaker Oats in preparing but it’s a good mix of different ways you can use it. It’s a great idea and the tour is a great idea, too. It’s a fun thing for football fans.”