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Eli learned from Archie

The Giants' Eli Manning rolls out of the

The Giants' Eli Manning rolls out of the pocket while playing the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. (Dec. 26, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Given the fact that he plays in the world's largest media market, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has done a remarkable job of being accessible, yet not saying many controversial things that would create negative publicity. 

I wondered whether Manning had learned anything from his father's dealings with the media during his career as the Saints' quarterback. 

"No," Eli said with a smile. "He retired when I was three." 

But the father has imparted wisdom to his son over the years, and Eli has taken the advice to heart. 

 

"Definitely yes, because he's someone - even when I was in high school through college and then the NFL - who I could talk to and just get the mindset of how to handle certain situations, things that might be asked. So yeah, I'll talk to him."

Then again, Archie has made his share of controversial remarks in the media, most recently suggesting that oldest son Peyton might not be so comfortable having Andrew Luck as his teammate next year, only to reverse course and said Peyton would be ok with that arrangement. 

"As everybody knows, in the media, everybody makes mistakes," Eli said. "He’s been doing it for 40 years."

The son has learned much over the years. 

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