NFL Legend Eli Manning Donned Insane Amounts of Make Up and Cheesy Fake Name, Only to End Up Looking Like His Father Archie Manning, as He Went Undercover for College Football Tryouts

Published 09/21/2022, 10:30 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 19: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off the field dejected after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 38-31 on December 19, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Eli Manning, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, is not fooling anyone with pasty makeup and prosthetics. The former New York Giants star wanted to show his abilities to Penn State University. To make his dream come true, he went for a “tryout” as a QB. Before doing so, he made sure he looked unrecognizable. The alias he chose for himself is hilarious.

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The 41-year-old went undercover for his show, Eli’s Places’ latest episode. The two-time Super Bowl MVP wished to get a full walk-on experience. James Franklin, the head coach, was in on the skit. However, the coaches of the Nittany Lions did not know his identity, and he wowed them all when he scooped up the pigskin and moved it about the practice area with ease.

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Eli introduced himself as his new alias, ‘Chad Powers.’ And interestingly, Powers resembled the former New Orleans Saints QB and father of Eli and Peyton Manning, Archie Manning. To perfect his look, Eli’s fake prosthetic nose helped him appear older and more like her legendary father. One can surely see the resemblance in their noses and hair.

Eli Manning is out there showing how it’s done!

Eli Manning was back on the field with the ball and showing off his throwing skills. When he entered the setting, everybody peered at him and murmured questions to each other. Many students said, “He’s like 32…Bro, he is not a freshman.” 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Former New York Giant Eli Manning is honored at halftime of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Falcons defeated the Giants 17-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The 41-year-old clocked a 5.49 in the 40-yard sprint before scattering the football. This, around him, made everybody pay close attention. Word got around. People gathered to watch the peculiar man show his talents. During the skit, he remarked, “Not just well looking, I can throw it, baby!” He then revealed his identity to everyone. Surely, the students breathed a sigh of relief because they did not have to face the future Hall of Famer.

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At the end of the try-out, James Franklin gave the news that Chad Powers sadly did not make the cut because his number were not as impressive. More importantly, he was ineligible because he was Eli Manning.

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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.

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