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As Manning was on the “top-secret mission” of putting the team’s schedule together, he gave a wink to Giants fans and those who debated whether he was an elite quarterback during his career.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves the Philadelphia Eagles game at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
About 25 seconds into the video, Manning is seen calling United Airlines in an apparent attempt to book travel dates for the team. He was asked by a woman on the other end of the phone whether he was “premier status.”
“No,” Manning replied, “but I am elite.”
Quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants passes on the sideline against the New York Jets Nov. 10, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)
He then gave a nod to his double-middle fingers controversy on the “ManningCast” from the 2021 season. He spun a wheel of potential NFL opponents and it didn’t go to his liking. Manning yelled, “double birds!” The camera panned to a picture of Manning from the game, which reportedly drew a handful of FCC complaints.
Daboll then made an appearance and handed Manning the official 2022 schedule.
New York has one of the most favorable schedules in the NFL going into the season. Their opponents’ combined winning percentage is .465.
New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll speaks during a news conference at the team’s training facility, Jan. 31, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)