[Source] - “I think my first catch with him, he was like four years old,” Eli, a two-time Super Bowl champion, recalled in an interview with People. “I’m just drilling balls at him and bouncing off so he didn’t cry.
“I had to toughen him up, and make sure he was tough enough to handle this.
I've never been more jealous of Arch Manning than I am after reading this story. Sure, he might be a hyped up quarterback prospect, come from a family who basically guarantees you make the NFL and have a shit ton of money. But, having Eli as your uncle? Sign me up. Not even just having Eli as an uncle. He's clearly the cool uncle who will do whatever it takes to help you out.
4-years old? Toughen up son. We're going Happy Gilmore in the batting cage style to make sure you're ready to handle the spotlight. He ain't wrong. Eli was an iron man. That dude played every single game until idiots in charge decided to let Geno Smith start over him. Not to mention a 2-time, 2-time, Super Bowl champion. Plus, Eli knows tough. That NFC title game against the 49ers is all you need to know.
I'll say this as a parent and an uncle. We need more Eli's. We need people not afraid to teach 4-year olds to toughen up. I have a 4-year old son. You think I just let him score when we play basketball? Hell no. Learn to shoot over a defender pal, hate to break it to you but you're not going to be tall. No gimmies in golf. Putt that shit out and put your real score down. No handicap sandbagging here.
Forget the Manning lineage, it's clear Arch will be a star because of Eli's boot camp. Can't wait for Eli's Hall of Fame speech.