Since Peyton Manning's departure from the Colts is the news of the day in the NFL, it's worth looking back to mid-January, and an interview that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning gave with ESPN 1050 radio in New York. Toward the end of the interview, host Michael Kay asked Eli what he'd think about the New York Jets signing Peyton -- an arrangement that would result in the Manning brothers playing pro football in the same city. The audio is here, but Eli's first reaction is a laugh and some jokes:
"It would be fun. We could probably commute to work, maybe, come home, eat dinner together, have the kids be playing with each other. Have twin beds, we could share notes on opponents and watch some film together. I don't know what's going to happen with that situation. Would it be fun? Yeah. I think it'd be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together. I don't think we would see each other that often just because of our schedules being a whole lot different, probably just talk on the phone a whole lot more than see each other during the season. But it would be interesting. I'm not saying it's going to happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique."
People like to speculate about what's in the minds and the hearts of these players they don't know personally. People say things like, "Peyton would never go to Washington and play against his brother twice a year," or "Peyton would never go to New York for fear of outshining Eli." Blah, blah, blah. First of all, we don't know what these guys really think and feel about each other. They appear to have a very close and loving relationship. And second of all, any worries big brother Peyton may have had seven or eight years ago about casting a shadow over his brother would have to be gone by now, wouldn't you think? I mean, now that Eli has more Super Bowl rings?
Like Eli, I have no idea if Peyton Manning will end up with the Jets or the Redskins or in any other situation that might put the two brothers in more direct competition with each other. But I feel pretty confident saying that, if it did happen, it wouldn't bother Eli one bit. After all, nothing else seems to.