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Giants Now: Eli speaks at Manning Passing Academy


Eli speaks at Manning Passing Academy's 25th anniversary

Over the last couple of days, high school football players from around the country have gathered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana for the annual Manning Passing Academy.

The Manning Passing Academy has been helping up-and-coming football players on and off the field since 1996.

The camp is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and legendary Giants quarterback Eli Manning stopped for a chat with NFL Network's Rhett Lewis about his memories of the very first camp two and a half decades ago.

"Yeah, I do remember the first one," Manning said. "It was at Tulane (University) down in New Orleans. I was a sophomore in high school. I remember we had seven-on-seven at night. I kind of had a lot of my Newman kids in my high school playing. We had a little championship series. We won our division and played against the champions of the seniors and juniors. Peyton (Manning) was the head coach. He played 2-man the whole time on defense, which I had never seen as a sophomore in high school. I could not get a completion and we lost, and I was very mad at my brother."

While the camp has evolved over the years, one thing that has remained constant is the presence of some impressive quarterbacks there to help the high school players, including several No. 1 overall picks.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow helped out at the Manning Passing Academy a few years ago, and this year's top overall pick Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars attended this past weekend. Of course, both Eli and Peyton Manning help run the camp each year as well, in addition to numerous current college quarterbacks.

"I think that's what makes this camp so special," said the two-time Super Bowl MVP. "You think about it from a high school standpoint of coming to a football camp and you're getting coached by 45 current college quarterbacks. Those are the guys teaching you up. You have Peyton and I that are working with you and you have high school coaches, so a lot of different perspectives and people that have been successful in their own right coaching you up."

One thing is certainly different at this year's Manning Passing Academy. For the first time since the start of the camp 25 years ago, there will be no Manning playing in either college football or the NFL this upcoming season.

The former Giants quarterback couldn't help but sound relieved that he could enjoy this year's camp without having to worry about the season rapidly approaching.

"I enjoy it," a relaxed Manning said. "I can coach them up, I don't have to wake up and get a workout before the camp starts or get one in the middle of the day and have to run or have to throw. I'm very relaxed… A lot has changed."

Eli, Peyton Manning to headline alternate MNF telecast

Giants legend Eli Manning made headlines last month when it was announced that he would be returning to the organization to work with the team's business development, marketing, and community and corporate relations.

That was not the only big news Manning had up his sleeve this summer.

ESPN and The Walt Disney Company issued a significant press release Monday afternoon announcing that, in partnership with Peyton Manning's Omaha Productions company, Peyton and Eli Manning would be headlining an alternate "Monday Night Football" telecast on ESPN2 for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 seasons.

The broadcast is set to be a first-of-its-kind MNF Megacast production and will complement ESPN's traditional telecast on ESPN and/or ABC for 10 Mondays each season over the next three years.

The Manning brothers will host the show from a remote location, where they will be joined each week by a host that has not yet been determined. Both current and legendary NFL players, in addition to celebrities, will join the broadcast throughout the season. Viewers will get to experience "in-the-moment analysis, big picture NFL dialogue, knee-jerk reaction, historical perspective, and more."

View photos of the first pair of brothers to play quarterback in a Super Bowl.

Two Giants preseason games will be aired on NFL Network

NFL Network remains the only network to show the entire slate of 2021 NFL preseason games, highlighted by a record 23 live games.

Among those 23 games, the Giants will be featured twice on NFL Network.

Big Blue's Week 2 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, August 22 at 1:00 PM ET will help wrap up the network's slate of games that weekend. The 49ers and Chargers will conclude the second week of the preseason with a 7:30 PM ET kickoff that night.

NFL Network will then air seven games during the third and final week of the preseason, which will finish with the Giants welcoming the New England Patriots to MetLife Stadium for a 6:00 PM ET kickoff on Sunday, August 29.

How tough is the Giants' schedule? Click to view each team's strength of schedule for the 2021 season based on the records of their opponents from 2020.

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