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Manning: Now it’s Eli’s turn

February 6, 2007

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— Peyton Manning had had time to savor his first Super Bowl win and his MVP award for leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

Monday, he promised that his kid brother one day would be standing where he was.

"There's no doubt in my mind that Eli will lead his team to a Super Bowl, probably more than one," Peyton said. "I know how hard he works. There's no question he's going to be fine."

The quarterback brothers talk plenty of football during the season, exchanging tips on defenses one has seen. Eli told Newsday on Friday that Peyton had barely sat down to relax in his Indianapolis home after beating the New England Patriots for the AFC championship when he started asking Eli for tips on the Bears.

Sunday night - early Monday morning, rather - the two were talking football again, even though there are no more games to be played.

"We talked, like we do after games. We got into the X's and O's," Peyton said.

Now that Peyton has his coveted ring, his status as one of the game's great quarterbacks is assured. He said Eli, who at 26 is almost five years younger, was still on the right path.

"He's been a huge supporter of me throughout my entire career and life," Peyton said. "I'm a huge supporter of him. He's been right there, with the rest of my family."

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