28 Olympic Medal Winner Michael Phelps Reveals Identity Issues With Two-Time NFL Super Bowl Winner

Published 05/20/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
Michael Phelps celebrates winning his 20th gold medal after a razor-thin victory in the men’s 200-meter butterfly at Rio’s Summer Olympics on Tuesday.

The world is full of many people that look exactly like one another, and it often leads to confusion. For example, if you saw a movie thinking it was Matt Damon starring in it, only to realize it was Mark Wahlberg all along. This confusion could happen to anyone who doesn’t pay close attention to details. The same has happened with Eli Manning and Michael Phelps.

While one is a former NFL player, the other is a legendary swimmer. People often confuse the two athletes and mistake one for the other.

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Michael Phelps is often mistaken for Elli Manning

Phelps‘ stardom reaches far beyond swimming. He is one of the greatest athletes of the generation. While we have heard many stories of people getting mistaken for others, you won’t expect anyone to mistake the swimming GOAT for another person. But that is not the case.

Eli recently posted a tweet that read, “I wonder if Michael Phelps gets mistaken for me as much as I get mistaken for him? I just had number 5.” In a hilarious reply, Phelps retweeted the post with the caption “Allll day, they ask about your brothers and your dad.

Eli comes from a family of footballers. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of Peyton Manning, who is an inductee in the NFL Hall of Fame.

It is curious to see such famous athletes who have built such great legacies be mistaken for somebody they aren’t.

The Legends that are Manning and Phelps

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Coming from football royalty, people believed Eli would have a sense of superiority. But contrary to popular belief, he was a young boy who didn’t want the crown. He just wanted to be a part of the winning culture. He was the no. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Manning played for the New York Giants for 16 years, passing every franchise passing record. He also won two super bowls with them, equaling his brother’s tally.

Michael Phelps is a legend in every sense of the word. A household name, he is the idol of every swimmer looking to make it big. Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a whopping 28 medals. 23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals make up the tally. He even won a record 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics- a record no one even dreamed about.

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That said, it’s almost fair that people mistake them for each other. After all, they are two of the best athletes to have graced their sports. What do you think of the similarities they share?

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

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