PFP staff writer
Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts may have been knocked out of the playoffs two weeks ago by the San Diego Chargers, but Manning still has a chance at another Super Bowl ring this season.
That’s because the New York Giants have signed Manning to a one-game contract. Peyton, the older brother of Giants starter Eli Manning and the son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, will serve as back-up for his brother in Super Bowl XLII, which will take place February 3 in Arizona against the heavily-favored New England Patriots.
“It’s really a win-win situation,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “I was concerned that, in the game Eli would be constantly getting calls from his father and brother regarding how to play. Now, with Peyton on the sidelines, this will lessen things.
Coughlin declined to say how much money the Giants had to pay the Colts to “rent” Peyton, who is scheduled to officially rejoin the Colts after the conclusion of the Super Bowl.
Peyton will wear jersey number 16 (the same he wore at the University of Tennessee) since number 18 is already worn by punter Jeff Feagles.
Serving as third string for the Giants will be third-year quarterback Jared Lorenzen. To accommodate Peyton, the normal third-stringer, Anthony Wright, has been placed on injured reserve with an ingrown shoelace.