Professional sports have a unique way of permeating community, and New York is the epicenter of that community. To the naked eye, former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Giants quarterback Eli Manning share few similarities. But beneath the surface, the two are united by their storied sports careers: Jeter and Manning spent the entirety of their tenures in New York, and both etched a name for themselves through their accolades both on and off the field.
The two reconnected recently as Manning hosted Jeter on this week's episode of "The Eli Manning Show", presented by Panini Prizm.
Manning recalled his first interaction with the five-time World Series champion. Jeter called him during the quarterback's rookie year – right after the Giants faced the Baltimore Ravens. "I just wanted to call and let you know that I'm here if you ever need anything," Jeter remembered. New York's particularly passionate fanbase presented unique challenges, and Manning regarded Jeter as a role model when it came to navigating the pressure that proceeded.
The duo also reflected on their individual leadership roles. Manning and Jeter were team captains, and with the esteemed privilege came responsibility. "When things go bad, you take the heat. You take the blame," Manning admitted. "It's not biting your tongue; it's doing what's best for the team."
When asked about his most iconic moment in uniform, Jeter gleamed: "No disrespect to any other cities, but there's nothing like New York."
Before parting ways, Eli challenged Derek to see how their dad-duties stacked up in a game of 'Who's Your Daddy?'.