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Archie calls Eli a rap star

The Manning family, from left: Peyton, Cooper, Eli

The Manning family, from left: Peyton, Cooper, Eli and Archie Manning. Credit: Johnny Baughman Family

The documentary “The Book of Manning” premiered to rave reviews on ESPN Tuesday, but that was not the first time the family made a video splash off the field this year.

In August, the rap-oriented, web-only DirecTV commercial, “Football on Your Phone,’’ caused a sensation. What did Archie, the family patriarch who played a bit role alongside his sons, Peyton and Eli, think of it?

“It was certainly odd to me – I had a very small part – and maybe even for Peyton,’’ Archie said. “You know, he’s 37 years old now, in his 16th [NFL] year. “But Eli I thought kind of jumped out there in that, was kind of a star.’’

Archie said the ad “got a lot of comment, I’ll say that. I talked about getting emails and texts [after a screening of the documentary]. Well, we got a lot of emails and texts about ‘Football on Your Phone.’’’

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