Teammates rave about rapper Eli Manning in 'Football on your phone' ad
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The reviews are in. And they are overwhelmingly positive.
A day after Eli Manning's turn as a curly haired hip-hop artist in a DirecTV commercial hit the Internet, his Giants teammates were still giggling over their quarterback's performance.
"Pretty funny, pretty funny, I'll give him that one," admitted guard Chris Snee, a notoriously tough critic. "I just asked him how much they actually laughed, how many takes they had to do. He said they had a lot of fun with it which I'm sure they did."
"You hear it one time and you start singing it a little bit," safety Stevie Brown said. "But then at the end of the day since everybody knows Eli they think it's pretty dumb. But it is catchy and it is funny. When we get in there in a little bit we're probably going to give him a hard time about it."
The commercial features Eli and Peyton Manning crooning and rapping about the ability to watch football on their phones. It's a rare commercial featuring the quarterbacking brothers in which Eli one-ups Peyton.
"I think it's a consensus that Peyton is a little more outgoing, a little more outspoken, but I thought Eli stole the show there," punter Steve Weatherford said. "I thought it was awesome. He's good at whatever he does, man. I'm just a little jealous."
Snee said he had never heard his teammate of 10 years rap, nevermind sing.
"When he controls the radio it's usually country or something nobody really wants to listen to besides him," Snee said.
But the tune has stuck in the players' heads. Weatherford said "everybody" is singing the song in the building.
"A few guys going to the cafeteria line and they don't even know I'm behind them and they are humming the song or the words," Manning said. "If I hear it, I say, 'I think it's got you.' That song gets stuck in your head all day."
"It's not getting annoying yet," Weatherford said. "I don't assume it will for at least a week."
It was only Tuesday that the video -- shot in one day in New Orleans during the offseason -- surfaced, but it didn't take long for it to make the rounds. Players immediately began gathering in circles to watch it on their phones. Brown said safeties coach Dave Merritt emailed him a link so he could watch it when he got home last night.
"I'm glad it hasn't been on in any team meeting or on any of the TVs or anything," Manning said. "On a few phones they have been playing a little bit, but I usually kind of walk out if I see it playing."
Of course everyone has their favorite lines. Henry Hynoski tweeted the part Tuesday about spilling a glass of milk on a woman's outfit. And Weatherford liked the part where Eli Manning crashes through a picture of Alexander Graham Bell.
"Who cares? Dude is dead!" Weatherford said, reciting the line from the video. "It was funny, man. I think we probably had as much fun with it in the locker room as all the media and all the fans did. Because nobody sees him like that."
Snee, though, said he would not pick a favorite line.
"I just laugh at the way he looks," Snee said. "No favorite lines yet. I'm sure I'll listen to it more closely."
As for the star of the commercial, he was decidedly unimpressed.
"I think I'll stay with my day job and keep playing football for as long as possible," Manning said. "A one and done. A one-hit wonder probably."