In an offseason that's given birth to a two-headed monster at quarterback in Florham Park, N.J., Manning and his two Super Bowls still own the Big Apple.
Eli in an elite class
When Manning recently appeared at the University of Mississippi, he hinted at the fervor.
That might be the case, but we'd argue no quarterback rose as steadily in the eyes of the football world as did Manning over the past season. One year ago, he was noticeably left off NFL Network's top 100 list, as voted by his peers. That won't happen again in 2012.
Besides, Manning himself is set to host "Saturday Night Live" on May 5. The subtext: These aren't the same problems we cope with on a daily basis.