Air Max ’93 Menthol to Reebok Cleats: NFL Legend Eli Manning Talks About His Iconic Shoes Over the Years With Complex

Published 10/28/2021, 8:49 AM EDT


New York Giants legend and 2 time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning is a certified footwear aficionado. Be it sneakers, cleats, or simple running shoes, the New York quarterback always has an anecdote or a memory to share related to his shoes.

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Sneakerheads and NFL fans have long been clamoring to see Eli talking about his love for shoes. Eli finally fulfilled their wishes as in his latest video with Complex, Eli Manning talks all things footwear – from sneakers to cleats to shoes.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 05: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Eli Manning talks about his iconic shoes over the years With Complex

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Recently, Complex released a YouTube video on their channel featuring Eli Manning. In the video, Eli Manning is seen going sneaker shopping with Complex’s Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in New York City. In his conversation with La Puma, Eli talks about his favorite sneakers growing up.

The highlight of his conversation was an anecdote involving his father. For the first 12 years of his NFL career, Eli was signed to Reebok. So his family had access to Reebok’s catalog. One day, after reaching home, Eli’s father excitingly shared his new “Gunnit” shoes. Eli, confused, inspected the shoes only to realize that he meant 50 Cent’s G-Unit Reeboks. Never change Archie Manning!

THROWBACK: When Eli’s Sneakers were hidden by Giants great Phil Simms

If there is one thing Eli loves more than sneakers, it’s pulling pranks. Eli was a known prankster back in his playing days. Fed up with his antics, New York Giants‘ Phil Simms decided to take the matter into his own hands. He decided to pull a prank on the prankster.

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Phil Simms went to the Giants locker room and straight up stole Eli’s sneakers. Manning was obviously terrified knowing his beloved sneakers have been stolen until he read the note left by Phil Simms –“Hey Eli, I needed a pair of shoes, so I borrowed your white tennis shoes. Thanks, Phil Simms.”

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Can’t deny, that was a great prank by Phil Simms!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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