The Peyton Shadow

Photo courtesy of Though Eli Manning is getting ready to play in the Super Bowl, the media is still focusing its attention on his older brother Peyton Manning (pictured above).

By Josh Kramer

How would you like to live your entire life in the shadow of someone else?  And if you say yes to this, well, you have other things to think about.  Nobody likes to be overlooked.  Everyone likes to get their due when they deserve it.  Unfortunately, for a certain few, the overshadowing never stops, no matter the circumstance.

Today I am not going to talk about the actual game to be played on Sunday.  If you weren’t aware, there is a football game on Sunday.  No, there will be plenty of time to talk football later this week.  On this Wednesday, I am going to talk about the Manning brothers.  If you have not lived under a rock for the past five months, you are well-aware that one of the NFL’s biggest stars Peyton Manning, has not played a down of football this season.  In addition, if you occasionally take in some sunlight, you are well-aware that Peyton’s younger brother Eli Manning will be playing in his second Super Bowl on Sunday.  So to put into simple terms.  Eli is the hot topic.  Peyton is an afterthought…


Despite Eli Manning having the best year of his career and leading a team that was 7 and 7 a little over a month ago to an NFC Championship, we are halfway into the week of the big game, and somehow the older brother is still getting all of the attention from the media.  Peyton Manning has without question had the better career than his younger brother.  Though if we utilize the “Kobe over LeBron” logic simply because of rings, Eli may jump Peyton on Sunday with a victory.  In addition to having the better career, Peyton is without question the more personable and outgoing guy.  He is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.  But give me a break.  Where is the love for Eli the “elite” guy?

Somehow, for reasons unbeknownst to me, the older brother is still dominating the press.  Can we go on a one-week Peyton hiatus please?  I promise you, he will not be fully healed by the end of the week.  This is Eli’s time to shine.  Or at least it should be.  If Eli is able to bring New York its second title in four years, you would think he would become untouchable.  The Derek Jeter of football in New York.  Or at least get more attention than Peyton for a day right?

I am not so sure.  Super Bowl week, or really the two weeks for that matter, are supposed to be about the participating teams.  Sure there is the game of musical chairs that goes on within the coaching ranks, but the attention is usually heavily focused on the last two teams standing.  This year though, despite Eli Manning leading New York on one of the most improbable runs in NFL history, the shadow is still drawn.  Also ponder this.  What if Peyton somehow ended up on the New York Jets next year?  And did I mention that Eli will be going to battle with Tom Brady in none other than “The House that Peyton Built?”

I guess no matter what Eli does, the “Peyton Shadow” will still be there.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

4 responses to “The Peyton Shadow

  1. Whether it’s right or wrong, there are plenty of good reasons why he’s getting coverage. The Super Bowl is in Peyton’s city, his bonus is coming up, and he and his owner have been going back and forth publicly. Plus, it’s hard to talk about the actual Super Bowl 24/7 anyhow, so I get it all.

    • Larry,

      I understand it in a way. But don’t you feel bad for Eli even a little bit? How would you like your biggest moment to be stolen by your injured older brother?


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