You'll Never Guess How Old Eli Manning Was When He Started Shaving
The New York Giants quarterback shares his memories of high school
You don’t have to be into sports to know the name Manning. If you’ve ever watched a Super Bowl commercial (or half-listened to a football-obsessed friend talk), chances are you’re familiar with the family’s penchant for humor. So when we sat down with Eli Manning and his father, former NFL pro Archie Manning — both spokesmen for Gillette — we selfishly wanted to see if the New York Giants quarterback lives up to his funny guy rep (spoiler: He does!) and if we’d hear any embarrassing stories about Peyton or Eli’s childhoods (double spoiler: We did!). Read on for the best bits from the interview.
On why the Gillette Shave Club (the brand’s razor delivery service) makes a great last-minute Father’s Day Gift:
Archie: “I’m not one of these guys who throws hints out about Father’s Day, and I’m not saying I have everything — but I think it’s just so practical to have something you’re going to use. They’re going to deliver it to you, you’re going to use it. It’s convenient, and it’s just a great gift.”
On what Eli “bought” his dad for the holiday last year:
Eli: “I’ve been trying to come up with different ideas for years. Last year I got him a Speedo, and I haven’t seen him wear it yet.” [Editor’s note: He didn’t really buy his dad a Speedo. “Eli’s got a sick sense of humor,” Archie says.]
On Eli’s first-ever shaving experience:
Eli: “I was 18! I got a Gillette razor in the mail. I don’t know if it was a promotion or something else, but I think that was the first time I used it and kind of started my process. I don’t think I knew exactly what was going on. I tried to figure it out on my own. Eventually I went to my dad for a little guidance on which direction to go — I don’t even know if I was using shaving cream or shaving gel at first.”
On Peyton’s brotherly help:
Eli: “By the time I was 17, 18 years old, [Peyton] was 23 playing in the NFL, so he wasn’t around as much. So I think my Dad [mostly gave advice]. And your buddies, you kind of go to your friends at that point, and you try to get a little guidance from them.”
On why Eli didn’t have (or doesn’t think he had) awkward facial fuzz in high school:
Eli: “I just don’t grow facial hair that quickly. I don’t know what I did before that, I just remember getting that Gillette razor at 18. I don’t remember prior to that. I didn’t have a razor, so I don’t know what I looked like. I’ve got to go back and look at some pictures from when I was 17. It might be ugly.”
What are you planning to get the dads in your life for Father’s Day? Sound off in the comments below.
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