Eli Manning is heading to the Super Bowl this week in a familiar role: Peyton’s little brother. He held a teleconference on Wednesday to deal with all the media requests that came in the hours after the Denver Broncos reached Super Bowl 50, and he’ll no doubt find plenty more awaiting him in San Francisco.
But that’s not the only reason he’ll be in town for the big game. Manning will be there as one of three finalists — joining 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Saints tight end Benjamin Watson — for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The award recipient will be announced at the NFL Honors awards show on Feb. 6, the night before the game. And while it certainly isn’t as sexy as storyline as his brother chasing his second Lombardi Trophy in what is likely the final game of a brilliant career, it’s kind of a big deal.