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Eli Manning guaranteed to be on field for Super Bowl 50

Giants quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning

Giants quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning holds the Lombardi Trophy along with head coach Tom Coughlin after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

PHOENIX -- Eli Manning will be on the field just before the start of Super Bowl 50, one way or another.

That's because the NFL plans to honor all 43 Super Bowl MVPs in a ceremony prior to the Golden Game on Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manning won MVP for both of the Giants' two recent victories in the game, and he'll be joined by other Giants MVPs Phil Simms and Ottis Anderson. The Jets' Super Bowl MVP, Joe Namath, is also expected to be on hand.

That could possibly create a hectic few minutes for Simms and Manning. Simms is scheduled to broadcast the game for CBS, so there could be logistical problems getting him from the field to the booth in time for kickoff. As for Manning, well, he's probably hoping he'll be very busy that day as well.

The ceremony is just one of the ways that the NFL plans on celebrating the 50th Super Bowl this upcoming season, a program it calls "On the 50." The league announced on Tuesday that it will have every number 50 at midfield of every field in use this season painted gold instead of white. The NFL shield on the fields will also be gold. It is also awarding the team that wins the Super Bowl two gold-plated numerals -- a '5' and a '0' -- to go along with the Lombardi Trophy. Each of the numerals weighs 33 pounds.

There will be other symbols as well, including gold shields on the hats given to draft picks in Chicago next month, a number of Super Bowl homecomings for teams throughout the league, and 50th Super Bowl logos on the uniforms of players who will be participating in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 in Hawaii.

No word yet on whether Marshawn Lynch will be allowed to wear his gold cleats in any games this season to join in the festivities.


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