Eli Manning certainly appears to be enjoying life in retirement. He, along with his brother Peyton, have carved out quite a role for themselves in the media industry.
The ManningCast has become a worldwide hit. And “Eli’s Places,” which is produced by Peyton’s Omaha Productions, is also gaining a ton of traction.
On Monday, “Eli’s Places” went viral thanks to Chad Powers, a 26-year-old quarterback who attended a walk-on tryout for Penn State University.
Eli Manning went undercover at Penn State as walk-on “Chad Powers” and it’s absolute gold. pic.twitter.com/jaEYqBRcMh
— Kendall Baker (@kendallbaker) September 19, 2022
“I wanted to see if the coaches would be interested in me,” Manning told The New York Post. “Head coach James Franklin was in on it, but didn’t really tell any of the other coaches.
“By the end of it, he knew something was going on, just because of the way I looked, and how I was telling receivers what routes to run and how to run them — and I was talking some football lingo that I shouldn’t know, but knew coaches would know. I’m sure they’re not getting what ‘read’ many walk-ons are working on.”
Manning said there was no script and that he simply tried to say something outrageous each time he spoke. And that obviously worked to perfection.
Almost immediately, Chad Power was the No. 1 trend in America.
Google Chad Powers Penn State Walk-On.
You will thank me later 😭😭😭😭😭#TogetherBlue
— Lᴀᴡʀᴇɴᴄᴇ Tʏɴᴇs (@lt4kicks) September 19, 2022
I’m crying 😂😂😂 https://t.co/sdDylDZ3x5
— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) September 19, 2022
Needed this laugh @EliManning 😂😂😂 https://t.co/ZiKNSRQ5N7
— Corey Washington Jr. (@HeDoubleTrouble) September 20, 2022
— Tavarres King (@Tkunodos) September 20, 2022
Lololol DEAD https://t.co/oTXED1TxhE
— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) September 19, 2022
“Think fast, run fast! Fast Chad!” 😂 https://t.co/OTAYl9NQtw
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) September 19, 2022
Chad put it on tape! Knew I saw something in him…#ThinkFastRunFast @EliManning https://t.co/KpVIaonuiU
— Danny O’Brien (@DannyOBrienQB) September 19, 2022
Eli makes a great Spicoli.. https://t.co/fpDBtVFQgA
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) September 19, 2022
The full Chad Powers episode of “Eli’s Places” can be viewed on ESPN’s YouTube page. And it’s worth every single second of the investment.