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Eli, Aaron are passers and pitchmen

ELI MANNING, New York Giants Super Bowl XLII,

ELI MANNING, New York Giants
Super Bowl XLII, XLVI
Manning was twice named the Super Bowl MVP as he twice led the Giants to come-from-behind wins over the Patriots. In Super Bowl XLII, there was Manning's throw and David Tyree's "helmet catch" that led to the game-winning TD catch by Plaxico Burress. In Super Bowl XLVI, Manning was 30-for-40 for 296 yards and a TD. (Credit: AP)

Aaron Rodgers' series of State Farm commercials have made the Packers quarterback perhaps the most visible NFL pitchman of the moment, and have made a fan of his counterpart Sunday, Eli Manning.

"It’s a good concept," Manning said. "They've had some good laughs out of it. He does a good job."

Given his laidback personality, Manning is not the advertising natural his brother Peyton is, but after taking it slowly early in his career Eli has built a substantial portfolio, including Toyota, Dunkin' Donuts, Oreos, Gatorade and Reebok.

"I think it can be fun when you have good concepts," he said. "And sometimes getting to do stuff with your brother and other people you know makes it more fun."

What's his favorite ad? Manning named "Football Cops," a 2011 DirecTV spot in which he starred with Peyton as a crime-fighting duo, with Eli in sunglasses and a Fu Manchu mustache.

"Those are the most fun, where you can kind of improvise a little, and we just kind of build off each other," he said. "'Football Cops' was pretty funny, I thought, because they kind of let us do whatever we wanted and get the mustaches and dress up a little bit."

Tags: Giants , Eli Manning , Aaron Rodgers

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