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Eli Manning moonlights at drive-thru window

Eli Manning AP

In recent years, drive-thru windows have provided a periodic doorway to a jail cell for NFL types.

Former Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen was arrested in 2006 for pulling up to a Wendy’s window without pants, or any other clothing.  Earlier this month, Vikings fullback Jerome Felton’s behavior in a drive-thru lane at McDonald’s prompted a call to police and, eventually, a DUI arrest.

That trend changed Tuesday, when Giants quarterback Eli Manning took a temporary job at Dunkin’ Donuts, passing coffee and bags of food to folks in their car — all of whom presumably were sober and/or fully clothed.  It’s part of a new ad campaign, for which Eli presumably isn’t being paid in donuts.

And while the donuts, like non-non-fat frozen yogurt, could make Eli fat, the real question is whether he’s spreading himself too thin.

“Obviously, I’ve tried to manage my time well,” Manning said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “I was able to get up, get a workout at the facility today, kind of get my preparations done.”

From February to August, Eli thinks he can juggle football with other interests.

“The offseason is a time to try to get some things done and do some things you want to do, like Saturday Night Live and those type of opportunities, as long as it doesn’t affect my preparation for football and my commitment to the Giants,” Manning said.

“I didn’t miss a single workout this year, was at every team activity and working hard to make sure I’m getting better.  But also tried to do some things outside of football and keep busy and have some fun.”

He doesn’t need to explain himself.  With all the recent hype and attention on the other quarterback in his family and the other quarterbacks in his town, Eli has a right to take a bit of a victory lap, especially if it entails getting paid.

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28 Responses to “Eli Manning moonlights at drive-thru window”
  1. cooklynn17 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    I bet you it was Elite service as well. Hot and ready, no mistakes and on time, just like a champion.

    Oh wait…

  2. fin72 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    Usually the people who work drive-thrus have even more personality than Eli.

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 20, 2012 8:18 AM

    Gronk already did it…

  4. almighty1 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:25 AM

    He needs to take a lesson from his older brother and focus 100% on football and don’t mess with commercials or endorsements. “Cut that meat, cut that meat!”

  5. giantsfaninphilly says: Jun 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    Humble Eli! This guy is just gaining my respect more and more. With his play on the field and the way he carries himself off the field. The ultimate professional, continuing to get better at his craft…..a proven winner!!! unlike the guy who is all hype and no substance QB for the Eagles.

  6. txxxchief says: Jun 20, 2012 8:38 AM

    He’s not being paid in donuts, but he will get alot of dough.

  7. londonfletcher says: Jun 20, 2012 9:03 AM

    He’s been slinging Oreos and watches for a couple years now. Why would this be a big deal?

  8. peezwizz says: Jun 20, 2012 9:05 AM

    dunkin’ must not of appreciated GRONK spiking hot coffees through peoples car windows

  9. siennaLilo says: Jun 20, 2012 9:10 AM

    Eli Manning is my NFL favorite player. Total babe and sweetheart

  10. CKL says: Jun 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    almighty1 says:
    Jun 20, 2012 8:25 AM
    He needs to take a lesson from his older brother and focus 100% on football and don’t mess with commercials or endorsements. “Cut that meat, cut that meat!”

    _______________________________
    LOL…not sure others got your sarcasm but I did.

    PM is STILL the highest compensated NFL player per Forbes. 42 mill with salary+endorsements. I’m a big “what the market will bear”person but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me laugh at what it WILL bear sometimes.

    I would never worry about Eli’s not putting the work in, and I’m a Pats fan who should be hating on him. ;)

  11. dayumyou says: Jun 20, 2012 9:34 AM

    giantsfaninphilly says:
    Jun 20, 2012 8:32 AM
    Humble Eli! This guy is just gaining my respect more and more. With his play on the field and the way he carries himself off the field. The ultimate professional, continuing to get better at his craft…..a proven winner!!!
    ____________________________

    totally agree!!!

    signed….a steelers fan:)

  12. jacobslatter says: Jun 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    Eli is taking a job away from an out of work retail/customer service individual in the minimum wage bracket.

  13. wlubake says: Jun 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    JaMarcus Russell wonders why PFT doesn’t do stories about him selling donuts at a drive through window. He’s no one-day wonder like Eli. He’s dedicated to his work day in and day out. And he gladly takes his payment in donuts.

  14. thingamajig says: Jun 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    Some guys go to bars and strip clubs, some guys have second jobs.

  15. mwcarolina says: Jun 20, 2012 11:31 AM

    i bet Russell would’ve taken his payment with donuts, but then again, i think it’s easier to pay him the money than the donuts.

  16. dd393 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:41 PM

    Good to see a player preparing for life after football.

  17. 2112ruler says: Jun 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    Didn’t Russel get paid by the Raiders in donuts??? Certainly looked like it…

  18. torothebronxbull says: Jun 21, 2012 3:00 AM

    @Patskrieg dot com,

    But Gronk doesn’t have 2 Super Bowls rings, so it’s just not the same…..18-1.

  19. gtrav says: Jun 21, 2012 9:00 AM

    @torothebronxbull

    Most people would still rather be surprised by the Gronk than Eli the dork, two rings or not.

  20. brian32556 says: Jun 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    Most people still don’t recognize the “Gronk” so how would they be surprised. Unless he took his shirt off and started swinging from a pole.

  21. gtrav says: Jun 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    I guess most people don’t watch football then. He broke some kind of TE record or something.

  22. torothebronxbull says: Jun 21, 2012 3:38 PM

    And Gronk can break as many records as he wants, cuz we all know, “It don’t mean a thing if u ain’t got that ring” Giants 2 Patsies 0

  23. gtrav says: Jun 21, 2012 4:29 PM

    Ok then haha….Brady 3, Eli 2 if you want to play it that way.

  24. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:12 AM

    If there is one player you do not have to worry about being ready its Eli.

    As for the Pats fan that pointed out Brandy has 3 rings and Eli only two. Eli is still peaking where as brandy is on her way down.

    Eli should have at least one if not two more prior to his trip to Canton. And none of them will be marked with an * the save those for brandy and drew

  25. gtrav says: Jun 22, 2012 11:18 AM

    @bigbluefan1

    lol @ Eli with four rings. Maybe ring-pops though.

  26. gtrav says: Jun 22, 2012 11:19 AM

    haha doublestuff oreos what a tool

  27. rahavort says: Jun 22, 2012 11:21 AM

    Eli better be ready this season. He’ll have something to worry about when he’s facing down Chandler Jones. We’ll see how wittle Eli does against a much better pass rush.

  28. torothebronxbull says: Jun 23, 2012 2:14 AM

    As long as Tuck, JPP & Osi anchor the Giants D-Line Brady will NEVER beat the Giants….it’s purely mental at this point. LoL.

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