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Archie Manning watches Eli practice for the first time

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his father Archie Manning talk to Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo during minicamp at the Quest Diagnostic Training Facility on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

Archie Manning has been watching Giants games and rooting for the team for the last 11 seasons while his son has been the franchise quarterback.

On Thursday, he witnessed his first practice.

The patriarch of football's first family was a guest for the final workout of minicamp. He later told Newsday's Neil Best that he had never been to a practice to watch Eli.

Archie Manning was just a spectator, sitting at a nearby table for the majority of the brief practice.

The Giants couldn't get him a few reps?

"He was kind of itching a little bit," quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan said afterward. "He looked like he wanted to go."

That may have been tough. Archie Manning is coming off one knee replacement and said he needs another. He was limping noticeably.

"Yeah," Sullivan said, "but he could probably put it out there pretty good."

Just like his son.

"Of course, that put a little extra juice on Eli's ball, I think," Sullivan said of Archie's presence. "He was feeling it. He didn't want to look bad for his father. So that was kind of neat. It was good to see him out there."

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