SAN FRANCISCO — Peyton Manning had dinner plans on Tuesday night with younger brother Eli, but he said there was no guarantee the two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks would talk football during their meal.
“We don’t really put together an itinerary,” Peyton said with a smile on Tuesday. “We’ve got an idea of when we’re gonna meet. We’ve got a place. Probably split the check.”
Eli Manning flew to the San Francisco area from his week at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Eli Manning is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented Saturday night. Peyton will be trying to win his second championship on Sunday.
Eli Manning will also be on the field when the league honors all of the living Super Bowl MVPs. He’s won it twice. Peyton Manning is a Super Bowl MVP as well, but he’ll be busy at the time. Or maybe he won’t.
“I hope to have a chance to get to see Eli on the field on Sunday,” Peyton said on Monday. “I don’t know what the pregame introductions are like, but I’d love to maybe have a chance to run out there and stand next to him. It’d be kind of a neat moment. I think that goes back to enjoying all that comes with it, but I understand the significance of playing in Super Bowl 50 and so obviously having my family to be here a part of it is important.”
The rest of the Manning clan will be traveling to the area in the coming days.
“My family has been supportive of me throughout my football career and it certainly means a lot,” Peyton Manning said.
There is the perception that they are competitive as well as supportive. Eli Manning last week dismissed the idea that he has any “bragging rights” in regards to Peyton because he has won two Super Bowls to Peyton’s one. Peyton concurred with that on Tuesday.
“Eli and I have never made it about competition between us,” he said.