I thought wrong. (There’s a shock.)
Instead, several members of the Giants offensive line (including David Diehl) were shown in attendance during the monologue, with Eli telling a joke about how they always have his back — and that they were in the room when his daughter was born. (Eli’s wife also was shown reacting to Eli explaining that they were present for the birth.)
Eli also had a few funny lines during a question-and-answer session about his adopted hometown of New York. On the best place to get Italian food in Manhattan, Eli said, “Well, there’s a great place called the Olive Garden.”
Asked for a recommendation on a Broadway show: “Cats. You gotta see Cats. It’s cats who can sing!”
It was a better start than expected, but not as good as Peyton.
But Eli still has the two Super Bowl rings.