Late Night: Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning on brother Peyton's future
"You know you are my favorite Manning," host David Letterman told the game's MVP. "I've told you this before, right?"
"Yes. Many times, many times. I get a Christmas gift from you every year. It's a jacket," Manning joked, prompting a cackle from the host. "The jacket, Peyton doesn't get a jacket. That's how I knew I was the favorite."
"How is your brother? What's going on there?" Letterman asked.
Manning said his brother, currently recovering from a neck injury, is "doing well." "He's just trying to get a hundred percent. He just wants to play football. I think he will."
Letterman expressed concern that Peyton might exacerbate the injury if he returns to the game.
"Everything's good to go. He got a good report from his doctors," Manning said. "He's healthy. Now it's just about getting to a hundred percent."
Manning was less forthcoming in response to Letterman's question about whether his brother would return to play for the Indianapolis Colts. "I don't know. I do not know that," he insisted.
Letterman was not convinced. "You know. ... Don't lie to me!"
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Eli Manning arrives for a taping of "The Late Show" on Feb. 6, 2012. Credit: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press.